The Plastic Hippo

November 17, 2015

Singing in the lifeboats

Filed under: Faith,Media,Politics,Rights,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 3:01 am
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Image credit Philippe Wojazer via Reuters

Image credit Philippe Wojazer via Reuters

François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, was born in Paris in 1694 and died in Paris at the ripe old age of 83. Frequently exiled or banged up in the Bastille for having a pop at the Church, the Monarchy; the State and just about anything else that smacked of hypocrisy, Voltaire was at the centre of the Enlightenment and gave voice to the beginnings of the French Republic. Now considered to be a national hero, he has a splendid Haussmann designed avenue named in his honour.

Exactly 250 years ago and about 25 years before the start of the French Revolution, Voltaire published an essay critical of organised religion called “Questions sur les Miracles”. In it, he said:
“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

A 10 minute walk from the Bastille along Boulevard Richard Lenoir will bring you to the corner of Boulevard Voltaire. Coming from the other direction, a 10 minute walk from the Place de la République brings you to the same corner. Half way between the epitome of former French oppression and the symbol of modern French freedom stands the impressive Bataclan Music Hall. It is, or rather was, a very agreeable venue complete with a typically Parisian bistro.

At this distance, it is impossible to guess what the thinkers and writers that brought about the Enlightenment would make of the recent terrible events in Paris. They might ask what could possibly drive young people to murder other young people indiscriminately and be prepared to blow themselves to bits in the hope of killing football supporters. They may look puzzled as to why anyone would want to empty an assault rifle into a restaurant or blow away some kids enjoying a gig on a Friday night. They might even question if the Enlightenment actually happened at all.

Their reaction is irrelevant as they, like so many others, are now dead and the barbarism, intolerance and absolute madness continues. However, the reaction of governments and media is far more important if we are to break this cycle of idiocy. Sadly, governments and the media are making things much, much worse by contributing to the cycle of idiocy by shamelessly inventing bogus justifications for greater controls of populations, total surveillance of citizens and the closure of national borders. The pond life that set off fireworks at a vigil at the Place de le République on Saturday night are further up the food chain than governments who exploit this atrocity by rolling out the razor wire, bombing civilians and passing laws to monitor the internet.

It is worth noting that the named assassins in the Paris outrage were internal EU nationals and were not the “economic migrants” so frequently mentioned in western media reports. Think very carefully about the rather dodgy Syrian passport found at the Stade de France. Beautifully preserved after the explosion of a suicide vest, it proves that its owner is a terrorist who arrived in Europe via Greece. It is obvious that a member of an evil “death cult”, as David Cameron always describes such fellows, would take his ID with him to allow the authorities to ID him with certainty after the body parts were scraped up into a bin bag. The passport was discovered even as the flesh and bone descended from the upper part of the stadium. The story was later changed to talk of finger print identification. These are presumably the same fingers that set off the explosive device and DNA analysis will confirm a direct blood line to Satan himself.

We must be very, very clear about what happened in Paris and Lockerbie and Sharm and London and Mumbai and Bali and Boston and Melbourne and New York and Sousse and Beirut and Nairobi and Baghdad and Ankara and in so many other places. The people that commit these acts are complete and utter bastards and hardly qualify as human beings especially as they destroy human life in some warped belief of a caring God.

But what should we make of western governments who order young people to guide bombs from the safety of bunkers in Nevada or Lincolnshire to fall on children in the hope of taking out an individual target? Or red faced, elderly male politicians regaining their forgotten virility with eye-bulging excitement at the thought of sending other people`s children to war? Or the corporate machine that sees war as profit or a media that has given up on reporting facts?

On his deathbed, it seems that Voltaire was visited by a priest who asked him to repent, return to the “True Church” and renounce Satan. Voltaire said;
“Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies.”

The people of Raqqah, Idlib, Aleppo, Baghdad and Kabul are not our enemies. Nor are the people of Washington DC, Tokyo, Berlin, Buenos Aires or Paris even though we were told that they were intent on murdering us in times gone by. We need to look at the enemy within and those enemies do not live in the corridors of Bradford or Southall or Small Heath but instead inhabit the corridors of power, wealth and self interest.

Voltaire also said:
“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”

Vive La France:
“Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de glorie est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L`éntendard sanglant est levé”.

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