A poignant tweet by murdered journalist Kenji Goto on the virtue of being calm was spreading rapidly on social media Tuesday, days after he was apparently beheaded by Islamist militants.
“Close your eyes and remain patient. It’s over once you get angry or yell. It is almost like praying. Hating is not the role of humans; judgement is God’s domain,” Goto’s four-year-old tweet read.
“It was my Arab brothers who taught me this,” he tweeted in Japanese on September 7, 2010.
By Tuesday morning the message had been retweeted more than 25,000 times in Japanese, with English versions also widely circulated.
目を閉じて、じっと我慢。怒ったら、怒鳴ったら、終わり。それは祈りに近い。憎むは人の業にあらず、裁きは神の領域。－そう教えてくれたのはアラブの兄弟たちだった。— 後藤健二 (@kenjigotoip) September 7, 2010