Who cranked the Hyperbole setting to “11”?
"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
-Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays (1950), "Outline of Intellectual Rubbish"
I am thinking the blogosphere is ripe with content about the Danish editorial cartoon debacle. I am trying very hard to empathize with the people who are protesting so vigoursly against those cartoons. Are these the same cartoons that put the black man in his place when slavery was legal in North America? Is this akin to the propaganda used so effectively during the world wars to demonize enemies?
What is making this difficult to simply come out on one side or the other is the overarching systemic structure that is surrounding this issue. It is the internal superstructure of culture ideals that may be obfuscating the truth in this feverish series of events?
My first instinct is to decry the violence that is being perpetrated by the protesters. Who cranked their Hyperbole setting to “11”? Good heavens. It is just a cartoon. A cartoon in poor taste indeed, but is it worth threatening the western world with another 9/11 (even considering that the US has perpetrated multiple “9/11’s” as a vital force in its foreign policy over the years)? It just seems all so grossly overblown and out of proportion.
I think a little insight into one of the precursor issues that has not been examined is that these cartoons came out on September 30th of last year. Where was the furor then? Why the almost 4 month lag-time from printing to protest? I’m hypothesizing that when the media initially published the cartoons they were probably just taken for what they are, a visual commentary in bad taste, especially so in the Muslim community. However, once organized religion got its pernicious meat hooks into the cartoons, amazingly now we have uproar and riots in the streets. Fomenting righteous anger requires time and dedication, a system to spread the wrath. The addition of an organized religious pulpit, always an egregiously wonderful event, to whip the masses into the frothing frenzy, once again completes the dark circle of religion. (The religious right in North America does this all the time… Terri Schiavo etc.)
This was not supposed to be my next article on how religion makes the world a worse place to be, but lo and behold! Poof! It has become the much talked about part 2.