Open Letter to the UK Itunes downloaders on the death of Margaret Thatcher

Please note: Thank you all for your comments on this popular blog piece – they have been insightful and inspiring – you have all taken the time to respond, respectfully and honourably, and for that I am most grateful.  If anything, many comments have shown me that I have lacked compassion for those who downloaded the song in the first place – I should have compassion for everyone.  I don’t have to like or agree with their actions, but I should always hold a measure of compassion.  However, I am no longer able to accept any more comments on this piece, as I need to focus on other writing.  Thank you, once again, all of you, from the bottom of my heart.

Well done, UK. Well done.  To all those who downloaded Ding Dong The Witch is Dead, you have made this song number 1 in the Itunes chart and number 3 on the billboard Top 40.  You’ve shown to the world that you have the capability to protest, albeit cowardly and completely lacking in compassion.  You’ve shown that you’d rather spend your money lining the pockets of CEO’s at Apple than donating it to a worthy cause, hell, maybe even giving your 89p to the homeless woman so that she can buy a hot drink and get out of the rain for an hour.  Imagine if you’d all spent that money towards a cause that actually did something useful.

You may have hated Thatcher for the lives that she ruined.  You may not even take the time to think of how your actions are affecting the family that she left behind, who may or may not agree with her policies (and if you have, and still went ahead and did it, I feel so sorry for you lost in your world of petty hate).  You need to know that you are not hurting her, you are hurting her family, of which there are people like you and me who are as far away from what she believed in as could be humanly possible.  You’ve demonstrated your complete lack of regard for those left behind, and may have ruined, or at the very least hurt some innocent lives yourself by doing so.

Revelling in the death of your enemies does not make you a better person.

I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.” – Dalai Lama

You may think that you were being witty, or clever in doing so. In fact, you’ve only bought into the culture of selfishness and greed that you proclaim to so detest.

Well done, UK.  Well done.

P.S.  A friend just invited me to this on Facebook. A beautiful and inspired way to show the world how you feel about this.

Edit:  This has just come to my attention – Don’t Hate, Donate.  Make a difference with your money, instead of downloading silly songs.

A good article in the Guardian from Russel Brand –

Edit: the title of this blog has been edited to be more specific, as some people were misunderstanding just who it was aimed at and why, and I would like it to be clear…