When you look at the faces above – it is difficult to think of the circumstances and drama – that they saw, sensed and felt in the final moments of their life.
Each person pictured was part of a debate into the story of our lives – one which religion has played a major part for our entire rememberable history.
That they were taken down by a couple of people with guns is not all that surprising. Maybe it should be. But that is not the world we live in. That it was done with such black and dark precision and indifference to extinguishing human life is no longer a shock.
The life of those who loved and believed that it was important was taken away from them by those who didn’t. Imagine- it is a life that belongs to you. Or so you think?
When I look at the faces above – I see a courage that I could not and cannot match. I have no religion – as far as I see – that is their time here done – for them – there is just darkness and rest.
Killed by those who cling on to an existence in another life that is more prosperous and important than the lives they currently lead. Like being poor and forced to stand outside Harrods – to be told that if you want the doors to part and you then be able to enjoy everything for free – you just need to kill someone/people and you will be accepted.
And that is the crunch – in the West we crave the pleasures of the life and materialism that is open to us – if we are good enough. For others – that materialism involves their death and a promise of pleasure comes from ending their own life and taking others with them. But as it includes their death – the ability of investigative journalism to question the accuracy of this – or what life on the other side is like – is not possible. And so there is nothing to halt the flood – the gates are open.
Many people have decided to retweet the pictures that made Charlie Hebdo infamous and have criticised broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV for not showing them.
However, by showing pictures of Mohammed – only serves to offended a large number of people. I don’t think that is the place of the BBC and actually respect their decision. Everything is about choices and what separates us from extremists – is that we mumble, grumble and moan…but we do NOT kill.
Charlie Hebdo must continue and if they want to print material that people find offensive – they MUST be allowed. But at the same time – companies must be allowed to also CHOOSE not to print images that others will find offensive. If they want.
Guess what – it’s part of being human. Nothing, but nothing should result in the scenes we saw in Paris on Wednesday morning. However, I don’t believe it will be the last. And that makes me sad. However, the fact that I am alive and able to write this – you know what – I’m very grateful and happy to be alive and all that life brings.
I just wish everyone love life as much.