Why I am not Charlie

Sorry to compare this tragedy to a B-rate movie, but the bit about punishing censorship is giving me serious flashbacks to the “The Interview” buzz about how terrorists and/or Kim Jong-Un win if we don’t watch the movie. Of course, that buzz is plainly ridiculous, whereas I haven’t made up my mind about #JeSuisCharlie or #JeSuisPasCharlie yet.

L out.

a paper bird

imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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2 thoughts on “Why I am not Charlie

  1. davidly

    My thoughts exactly (your comment in particular, not just the reposted article). These things always seem to happen in threes – which is often just journalists running with themes, but in this case it would seem to be memetic:
    #suddenly called to action because my pet entertainment complex is affected.


    1. blockedletters Post author

      Shamefully, I had to google “memetic.” Once I did, davidly, I really wished I hadn’t. I mean, thinking about what the third in this series could be is not fun at all, but once we get memetic with it, it expands to even bigger proportions.



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