Sunday, July 24, 2011
Tyranny's Cry: The Educated Free-Thinkers Should be the First to Go
This weekend a terrible thing happened in a country that has nothing to do with the day-to-day travels I take in my boring, ho-hum life. I have no familial ties to this place, nor do I know that much about it, other than it would probably be better to visit it in summer rather than winter. Yet when I first heard about what had happened in a country thousands of miles away, I began to cry. This country is the perennially peaceful Norway, home of my writer friend and fellow HP-fanatic, Cruella Collett, the kindest, sweetest person I know. Her views of the mind-boggling violence that took place can be found here, and I beg you to read it. This post of Cruella's reflects her determination not to give in to anger or hatred; rather, she is resolved to push forward from this point on, bolstered by the courage of her conviction to never give in. How I love that about her, and the people of her country.
As moved as I am at the way the Norwegian people do their best to absorb this violent blow with grace and dignity, I am disturbed to learn today that the man behind this unspeakable waste of human life wrote a manifesto. In it, he stated he believed that the well-educated people -- such as professors, lecturers and writers -- were "traitors". He also believed the biggest offenders were journalists. You know, those brave souls who dare to travel the world over, risking life and limb to uncover that nasty, dangerous thing -- THE TRUTH -- so that we may live free from ignorance.
This man -- this horrible, horrible man -- killed nearly 100 people, but he dreamed of killing so much more. He dreamed of a world where he could silence the free-thinkers, the dreamers, the idealists, the educators, and the creators. He wanted to wage war on enlightenment and understanding, simply because there are so many ideas out there that don't coincide EXACTLY with his narrow beliefs. So he dreamed of crushing them all.
The innocent lives this man took can never be brought back. They can never be replaced. That hurts, so much. The only way I can try to make any sort of peace with this -- and it's a pitiable peace at best -- is that this violent kind of you-don't-think-like-me-so-you-must-die mindset shows the world what the true face of evil is. It's intolerance. We MUST beware of it, even when we find it in ourselves.