All posts tagged: freedom

I am not Charlie Hedbo…

Originally, I was not going to speak on the situation in Paris concerning Charlie Hebdo. For those who do not know, Charlie Hedbo is a satirical weekly paper in Paris that is most known for its controversial content. On Wednesday, three enraged gunmen opened fired on the office leaving 12 dead. After gaining notoriety in 2006 for their depiction of a sobbing Muhammad, under the headline “Mahomet débordé par les intégristes” (“Muhammad overwhelmed by fundamentalists”), the publication received heated condemnation from the Muslim world. The motive for this massacre goes without saying. Religion wasn’t the only controversial topic targeted. As Jacob Canfield writes in the Hooded Utilitarian, “its cartoons often represent a certain virulently racist brand of French xenophobia. While they generously claim to ‘attack everyone equally’, the cartoons they publish are intentionally ‘anti-Islam’ and frequently sexist and homophobic” (First Post, 2015). Safe to say Charlie Hebdo was not exactly a place brimming with material for the sensitive, light-hearted, and those with strong moral values and ethics. Though, isn’t that the essence of satire? While …

Forgiveness

I am declaring this year and every year onward the year of me! Frankly, I have been a very angry person and it takes a lot of work to be angry all the time. I don’t think people realize how mentally exhausting it is to always be in a bad mood or to have someone constantly affecting your mood. It is not good for your health. So, I have forgiven people and will continue to do so in order to free myself. Whatever hostility I had towards you, It’s gone. I am forgiving you, not because you deserve to be forgiven, I am doing it because I deserve to have a heart filled with peace and absent of hatred. I am forgiving you for Me, Myself, and I. I shall forgive them because they know not what they do and they have no right to have a hold over me. To those reading this, you should cast aside your malice and allow room for joy. No one is worth taking your peace of mind. It’s …