Sunday, February 15, 2015

in the same boat


still trying to absorb what happened last evening in copenhagen and like with the charlie hebdo events a few weeks ago, i find it too easy that the supposed perpetrator is killed before making him explain. now we will assign whatever meaning we wish to it - fear, terror, suspicion - and it will only continue in the long run. us against them will solidify rather than dissolving.

i have this notion that instead of being afraid, we need to hold more events where we discuss free speech, we need to have so many of them that no disgruntled, disenfranchised person with skewed ideas can possibly attack them all. we need to overwhelm them with the freedom of our speech.

5 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

I like the sentiment expressed by the photo and title 'in the same boat'. Keep blogging and posting your thoughts, promoting open communication, understanding and tolerance... that's the key.

celkalee said...

Incidents like this underscore the need to protect our free speech rights whether that is in Denmark, France or the USA. On an individual level we can do that via blog posts, of course, but in our every day life there is most certainly an element of caution. While ridicule is not my way of expressing an opinion, I recognize that the cartoonist plays an essential role in our society and that work may be interpreted as ridicule. In some cultures that is justification for death. Tragedy.

rayfamily said...

Yes!

Spilling Ink said...

Yes!

Ariadne said...

Exactly!AriadnefromGreece!