We mentioned the tragedy that has taken Paris by storm this past week, and the severity of our shared pain and sincerest condolences during this most difficult time of repairing and rebuilding. While only a fraction of the human race believes that violence and murder are the proper justification methods in dealing with disagreements, it will always be one person too many. We've previously expressed that freedom is the ultimate luxury, and one that will cost us all the most. Should fear cause us to renounce our right to be free, however? Absolutely not. Without freedom, what do we truly have for our individual selves? Freedom is a gift, and it should always be celebrated, appreciated, and respected.
Charlie Hebdo practiced their given right to free speech. From the beginning, they set out with a comical intention of amusing their readers with political satire. The writers were merely aiming to make light of otherwise stiff, cynical and hateful criteria, and never hid behind masks while doing so. No one at Charlie Hebdo set out to make threats to others or instill physical pain to anyone, but many would be gunned down in a face-off they could never foresee, over a few black and white drawings.
It could very well be the end of mankind before we ever learn to live together and share the earth respectfully. Religion, fear, and ignorance will continue to drive us further apart, and further away from understanding and regarding one another. The more we find ourselves similarly pained by tragedies thrust upon us, the more we realize that power and healing can rise to immeasurable lengths when we come together after. Oh, the things we'd accomplish in this life and for this land if we could just learn to set aside our differences and work as one. If tragedy teaches us anything, it's to see the brilliance in unity and the power of human kindness.
To see all of the millions of gatherers come together over the weekend in Paris, to take a stand united as the people unafraid to be who they want to be, to celebrate the freedom of speech, and to overwhelm the recent hateful violence with love, unification and peace. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Agnostics, Atheists, and Buddhists marched the Parisian streets for the exact same purpose: we are all human, we are one, and together we will return stronger and undivided than ever before. Like a sunburst after a hard rain, a smile in the face of adversity; it's a most beautiful thing overcoming pain, and it's worth sticking around for.
Oliver Munday Art