Sunday, January 18. 2015
Looks as though it might be an eventful new year, we can say we "live in interesting times". When the cartoonists were killed in France, I wondered if I should respond with a cartoon. I have been making serious changes to the way I engage people's comments on blog posts. Before, my policy was that I wasn't looking to have a nice discussion, with tea and sugar cubes; nay, I was there to KILL my opponents position. Karl Von Clausevitz said that war is the continuation of politics by another means; so better to fight decisively in the realm of ideas and words than bullets and missiles.
Lately though, I've been trying to say things in a more constructive way, even aim for converting the opponent. Not holding my breath on that last part, but it's good for practice, and can have good results on people that are of the same mind as the opponent. So it was, how does one draw a cartoon for this incident? I should add that one of my first reactions was that the resulting cartoons don't need to end as soon as the story dies down in the news. That lets people off too easy. So I've been in no rush to draw this. Making this as a vector file, (link HERE) with the word balloon empty would add emphasis to the question: What are we teaching our children? As a vector file, people can scale it any size without distortion, and they can put in their own words. I expect them to use it against Christianity, which is my religion, but it's worth it to press the question. Below is how I word it.
As far as the actual incident goes, lets just say that I'm aware of many of the questions surrounding it, and I'm not dismissing them too quickly. Then there are the related questions about how much free speech the French actually have. They need permission slips to be angry about things, and since that permission is given by the progressives in charge, there will be little change. You don't actually think that Muslims will be deported from Europe do you?? No, things will simmer until another incident happens, and another. The net result will be that people's anger will be built up and directed to all religion.
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