I try to avoid politics on this blog: I have other avenues for that.
Today, though, I feel compelled to raise my voice, such as it is.
In response to the recent killings in Paris: if you’ve manage to miss it somehow, CLICK HERE.
Evil men, apparently offended by comics they’d seen although the details have not yet been confirmed, killed a number of journalists as they worked.
I’ve seen some of the comics, and it’s hard to imagine many as anything but quite offensive to those they attack. These artists had strong opinions and they made them widely known. Fearless, really. They’re dead now.
Offended by their work? As I said, fair enough, I’m hardly surprised.
Most TV news offerings, and much on the internet and elsewhere, offend me. I’ve no plan to kill anyone. That would be both stupid and EVIL.
When offense leads to murder, I have no sympathy for the cause, the rationale, the feelings. I don’t care, honestly, about the passion or sincerity of the offense, the feelings. Killers destroy such considerations as they destroy their victims. They indulged their passion, and they have thrown away any consideration for their motivations with their evil actions. Actions have costs. I only hope that France’s criminal justice system maintains its ethical and legal standards. Ask Americans: police killings and miscarriages of justice only add to the evil. It’s a bad path leading to no good. We must resist evil, fight evil, not add more, however tempting such becomes. No more.
I may be wrong, of course. It happens often enough, and I’m hardly free of emotions. I won’t kill anyone over my feelings, and hopefully no one will kill me over it. Hopefully we won’t judge large swaths of humanity for the actions of a few. A billion Muslims did not kill anyone in Paris, or anywhere else. Most killed none, ever. Let’s focus our wrath on the right targets. Overgeneralization and bad aim leads to gazillions of dollars and thousands of lives thrown away, say in Iraq. Focus your wrath, temper your actions, or you add to the evil. Choose well. Fair enough?
Evil walks the earth and we must watch for it and fight it. Stamp it out. Refuse to become poisoned by it or lose hope. However often it takes. Forever, perhaps. Adult reality doesn’t allow for Happily Ever After, does it?
Still, don’t add to the evil, as we do so often.
We can do better.