I don’t usually offer (so called) political comment, but there is something compelling about the horrendous Paris massacre at Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper headquarters that is so upsetting that I feel I must write something. But, what? What can I say? What can a single small person (like me) in a country so far from Paris and the world ‘hub’, be able to contribute to the horror response of this act?
But (by the same token) I think we must ALL respond.
We must unite as decent people and show such mindless terrorists that this is not how life should be lived.
Terror is terror and it serves no purpose whatsoever.
This is not a political situation. It is a social one – a human one.
If some people can be so upset by a cartoon and satirical words that they feel their only option is to violently kill and main their fellow man, then there is not much hope for their flimsy belief system. Theirs is not a religion. It is a system of hate – no more, no less.
Let us remember that ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’. Let us think on that in all we do, in all aspects of coping (coping?) with war and its consequences.
Let us not be afraid - as the Parisians are now claiming.
Je suis Charlie.
I choose to comment on social issues and write creatively on a variety of subjects - for a variety of audiences.