Posted by debaucherysoup
I guess you could classify this under social commentary, but I don’t think I’ve earned that right as I don’t participate enough in society.
If I’m ignorant when it comes to a topic, I admit it. If I’m ignorant when it comes to a topic, I try not to have an opinion until I’ve educated myself. And I mean IMMERSED and researched. All sides. All information I can find.
My first reaction, as a writer, to the horror that occurred in Paris was to post ‘Je suis Charlie’ on my Facebook along with R.I.P.
Afterall, ‘Freedom of Speech!’ right?
I know what I’m told.
I know what I read.
I don’t know where people who tell me things learned the ‘things’.
I don’t know what is true and what is false when I am reading something.
Unless I know the person a story is about personally, and they’ve confided in me their motives and I’ve seen how they not only talk, but walk in life – I can’t believe anything I read or hear.
My friend Jake posted something today that had me chiming in. In lieu of screen shots, I’ll share the link, then the back and forth out of respect for keeping his full name and profile pic anonymous.
Here’s the link
Here’s the back and forth:
Me: (After not even reading the whole article) I love this comment:” #JeSuisAhmed, the policeman who died defending a magazine’s right to insult his religion and culture” Yeah. just horrible all around.
Jake: It’s so reactionary, so fucking ignorant
Jake: How is it that we can’t differentiate between martyring someone and enabling terrorist martyrs ?
Me: I’m lost now. I’m really not sure how I feel about any of this. I truly liked and agree with that comment.
Jake: It’s not easy – it’s so damn disturbing
Jake: Sorry I think I am not helping – I am angry at social media for simplifying this
Me: Bottom line for me – I’m torn. I think about the WWII cartoons of Jews … and how horrific that all turned out. Then I think of how radical the extremists are and no matter how offended they were, they still don’t get to come in and kill someone to edit them. They threatened, he stood his ground, they followed through. They don’t get to dictate that way. On the other hand, I think the press goes beyond freedom of speech sometimes and crosses over into the realm of ‘hate crime’ with their satire. Especially in the opinions of extreme believers. UG. It’s all so bonkers. Je suis Ahmed & Charlie. And open to hearing others opinions about it.
Jake: We have the luxury of witnessing violence without facing it often – I support everything you are saying here – and that’s exactly what i hoped for – intelligent thought, based in experience – and I know you have more than most
Me: wow. Thanks.
(I should clarify, this is a man who has traveled, whose opinion I value – who has, like me, experienced things outside of one country. He’s an artist and a writer and an dear friend. So my ‘wow thanks’ was sincere.)
But I don’t deserve it.
I have nothing much to add to this conversation but my own struggles with what is black, what is white, what is grey – and most of it is grey. I can only share my confusion at the world.
My frustration with religion. My awe that there are people out there that believe SO strongly in something they are willing to die for it – be it not heeding a death threat or blowing themselves up.
I do not have that kind of Faith in anything.
I could go on and on and on. About almost envying that amount of Faith – about how there are extremists in ALL religions and beliefs. Westboro Church, do they get freedom of speech? Who decides what is appropriate and what is not appropriate?
If we’re against someone killing because they believe so strongly that they are right, does that mean we are against the death penalty?
I’m going to stop, because I’m ‘Tangent Queen’ as we know.
I know that I don’t know enough yet. Not to feel confident in having faith in a response or an opinion.
But what IS the difference between:
My ‘social commentary’ final thoughts:
There are extremists in every genre of society. I do not judge a belief system by the actions of a few.
I love life, liberty and humanity.
There still is SUCH good – Please watch this video filmed in Istanbul (grateful to have visited there years ago) and let’s take a mental bath! (Ironically, this was posted on my wall today for a different reason by my dear friend Betty. So glad I watched it. Please watch to the end if you can – for reasons …)
I know I could use a hug right now.
#Je suis CharMed.