The Desperate Resort to Desperate Measures
To all those who reached out to me after yesterday's saddening event in Paris. Thank you thank you. It is comforting to know that people care.
Yesterday’s events were shocking and distressing to all, Parisians especially of course. At the time, I was not far away in the Marais. Still, in the safety of where I was staying.
Freedom of speech, of expression, is a complicated subject. Perhaps I don’t see the matter so clear-cut 'black and white' as most do. There is enormous moral responsibility and compassion that should be exercised with this important and powerful right. One that is integral to the evolution of all humankind.
What comes to mind...
'The pen is mightier than the sword', coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy, 1839:
True, This! -
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! - itself a nothing! -
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Caesars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! - Take away the sword -
States can be saved without it!
May all beings live in peac e~