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Here in France, the streets are full, partly out of routine, and partially out of defiance. This is a very proud people, and i find myself circumspect and heart broken when i hear them speak about last nights events. And yet, i am endlessly inspired and moved by their strength in the face of it all.
Personally, i have had very conflicted feelings, watching the American response to all of this. <snip> I have always been very cynical about hashtag "slacktivism", and the politicization of tragedy, but seeing it from this angle, it appears astoundingly narcissistic and self serving. No matter how much we watch the news, how much we pour over twitter, we don't have the whole story, and we are totally incapable of providing an answer. And I think it is high time we all stop pretending that we have one.
This is not your time to shine. This is not your time to finally win some argument you are having with the universe in your head. This is a time for empathy, and solidarity. Let's all take a break from the sloganeering, take a note from the French playbook, and live the ever loving sh** out of our lives.
For, there is no greater act of defiance.
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.“