“Your liberty to swing your fist ends just where my nose begins.”
We may have freedom of speech, but if our freedom to say anything we want, infringes on others’ right to not be degraded by others, then our actions will not be justified.
Indeed, no act of violence will ever be justified. However, as Taiga has pointed out, mutual respect is fundamental in terms of religion, and if we repeatedly cross the line, some individuals may turn the fury they have been surpressing over the years, into actions.
Who is the true villain in this case? This is debatable.
But what is absolutely certain, is that we need to respect each others’ beliefs, respect each others’ way of life, respect each others’ religion. If we can’t even uphold this simple and basic rule, then maybe we should start reflecting on our actions and attitude.
“Only if you respect others, will others then respect you.”
Last month, the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were attacked, leaving twelve dead. Recently, however, famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he believes the French paper’s Muhammad cartoons were a “mistake.”
In a TBS radio interview, Miyazaki discussed the shooting, which took the lives of several of France’s most famous satirical cartoonists. Miyazaki is a co-founder of Studio Ghibli and responsible for iconic anime like My Neighbor Totoro.
“For me, I think it’s a mistake to make caricatures of what different cultures worship,” said Miyazaki when asked about the Hebdo attack [via Yahoo! News]. “It’s a good idea to stop doing that.”
That doesn’t mean Miyazaki is against satire or criticism. For him, caricatures should be used in a different manner.
“First and foremost, [caricatures] should be made of your own country’s politicians.” According to 47News, Miyazaki added, “It just looks suspicious to go after political…
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