TOKYO (AFP) – 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 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,” 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 early Tuesday afternoon, the message had been retweeted more than 26,000 times in Japanese, with English versions also widely circulated.
Goto’s brutal killing by militants from the Islamic State movement has provoked an outpouring of emotion in Japan, a country that previously considered itself far removed from the violence that afflicts Western nations facing off against militants.
In a statement on Sunday, his mother cautioned against this emotion becoming destructive.