“Je suis Charlie”

Everywhere you look today, “I am Charlie”/”Je suis Charlie” in honor of those who lost their lives in Paris yesterday and to stand strong against those who would have us live in fear. There are no other words.

My daughter asked me why there were so many shootings. I started to explain, but in explaining, I realized that there really is no explanation. To try to make any of it have sense is an absurd exercise. I was at a loss for how to tell her.

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13 Responses to “Je suis Charlie”

  1. Janet Champ says:

    Yesterday I posted several amazing cartoons immediately created in Charlie’s honor. One of my favorites is this… oh, i can’t post it here. It’s Charlie Brown with his head in his hands, sitting on a bench, with Je Suis Charlie written above. So moving. Heartbreaking.

  2. That is. Where did you post it, Facebook? I’d love to see it.

    • Janet Champ says:

      It’s beautiful and so sad. As are all the cartoons created in this atrocity’s honor. Or rather, in honor of the men and woman who were murdered so brutally in that office, just standing there at their editorial table, being at work. But what I meant is the server won’t let me post it. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to attach photos here. I am sorry. But if you google cartoons for Charlie Hebdo, you’ll find dozens and dozens of tributes.

  3. Gerlinde says:

    I also like to see the cartoon.

  4. Debra Kolkka says:

    Why are there so many crack pots in the world? Why can’t we get on with each other. I think religion ( all of them ) is ridiculous, but if people want to hold beliefs peacefully, so be it.

  5. cecilia says:

    I am with Debra, though in my media free world I have no idea what has happened in Paris.. is this bad or good.. I do not know whether the fact that I do not know is bad or good.. c

    • Eha says:

      Celi: why should it be either? You live your life your way and hurt no man or beast. You alone can decide how much of the world around you allow within your perimeters: as you hurt none, the choice is yours! At the other ‘extreme’ I guess unless I begin my morning with headlines + from ABC, BBC and Al Jazeera +++++ I would not think I was alive and would not know how to hold a conversation with all my compadres that night . . . . we ARE all different 🙂 !!!!! No right, no wrong . . .

  6. janette144 says:

    I posted that cartoon with Charlie Brown to my FB page – didn’t know what else to do really. It is so pointless. You can find this cartoon and others from around the world that are quite thought provoking on Buzzfeed. This is the link:

  7. Eha says:

    I stand with all around the world who proclaim ‘Je suis Charlie’ . . . sometimes the silent majority has to be heard . . .

  8. debbibaron says:

    C’est la verité! There is no explanation as no god sanctions violence such as this.

  9. debbibaron says:

    I sent all my friends who were here for a goodbye brunch off to participate as none of them had ever experienced a French manif. And while it seems a bit lame not to be out there, I have been in my fair share but prefered to watch the news coverage which allow you a much better perspective of the entire event. Hence it was very impressive to see all those leaders of state (some dictators even) arm in arm marching in honour of Freedom of Expression…but the most amazing was seeing the French applauding the police as they passed and saying things like ‘We always complain about them but this time they deserve our thanks!’ Truly a first for les Français!

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