Monday, 26 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 18, The True Meaning Of Freedom

Freedom (noun): The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

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At 11:30 local time (10:30 GMT) on Wednesday 7 January, a black Citroen C3 drove up to the Charlie Hebdo building in Rue Nicolas-Appert. Two masked gunmen, dressed in black and armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles got out and approached the offices. They burst into number 6, Rue Nicolas-Appert, before realising they had the wrong address. They then moved down the street to number 10 - where the Charlie Hebdo offices are on the second floor.

Once inside, the men - now known to be brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi - asked maintenance staff in reception where the magazine's offices were, before shooting dead caretaker Frederic Boisseau.
One of the magazine's cartoonists, Corinne Rey, described how she had just returned to the building after picking up her daughter from day care when the gunmen threatened her, forcing her to enter the code for the keypad entry to the newsroom on the second floor - where a weekly editorial meeting was taking place.
The men opened fire and killed the editor's police bodyguard, Franck Brinsolaro, before asking foreditor Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, and other four cartoonists by name and killing them, along with three other editorial staff and a guest attending the meeting...
Most of us are familiar with the Charlie Hebdo story so I will not belabour the point. It's a tragic and deeply saddening one. Most importantly, the deaths were needless.
The obvious reason for the bloodbath was the overtly offensive and unapologetic satire the comic outfit thrived on. Does it justify the killings? I think not. But it leaves some food for thought.
Charlie Hebdo persevered on it's shocking brand of satire on the premise of it's right to freedom of speech. So insistent were they on expressing their creativity, they lost their ability to understand, to feel, to respect the sensibilities of the cultures and people they didn't understand.
Freedom means respect for people, institutions, countries, governments. Whether or not you understand it/them or not is beside the point. To me, your freedom ends where the right of the next person begins. Unfortunately, where to draw that line is a personal decision and some of us erase that line in our bid to exert our right to act, speak, or think as we want.
CALL TO ACTION
You must find a way to live with the things you do not agree with. Where you insist on change and work towards making that happen either in an individual or large group, remember people are born with a mind of their own, one that may never see the point in your argument.
© Naomi Lucas
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News source: BBC

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