Saturday, 10 January 2015

Satiric Love?

A Caveat: The following are the thoughts of a guest blogger and as such do not necessarily represent the views of Rethinking Faith and Church.

It's amazing to me how many people think that the ‪#‎CharlieHebdo‬ incident is about freedom and rights. It is, in fact, about hatred. Nothing else.

Love and Hate are two sides of the same coin. If you are not doing one, you are doing the other. If your words or actions are not bringing more love into the world, they bring more hate. And, hate begets hate. I have taken the time to look at several of the Charlie Hebdo pieces, and let me tell you... there is nothing but hate in them. Laughing at a satirical image or article that is filled with hate only amplifies that hate. Such laughter spits the very same venom. That doesn't justify the attack, it merely explains it.

Sigmund Freud is purported to have said "The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization." It's a sad reality that those who are hit by an insult often hurl stones in reply. I guess the extension of Freud's observation could be that the first human who chose not to even hurl an insult was the founder of enlightenment.

The way to combat such violence is not by stomping our feet and demanding that we have rights and freedoms. Such hatred can only be beaten with greater love. We may have the right to free speech, but with that right must come the obligation to express ourselves with love.

Can one use satire in love? How would that play out? If you accept the definition of satire as "the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues." How can that be done in love? How does one "expose and criticize" someone's "stupidity or vice" in love?

Dear Father in heaven, please forgive this rebellious generation.

By Guest Blogger: Waldo Rochow

1 comment:

  1. It seems that Pope Francis agrees with me...