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Black vs. white
January 9th, 2015
illustration

illustration (attribution, if any possible, is at the end of the article)

Black vs. white,
right vs. wrong,
"free speech" vs. "hate speech",
"my truth!" vs. "no, mine!"

To re-use a quote from David W. Orr ("Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect") regularly mis-attributed to Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama:
« The world doesn't need more successful people [at convincing themselves they're right and others are wrong]. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as our culture has defined it." »
Bold addition is mine.
by Jon Gomm:
The ability to be mocked, or mock yourself, is fundamental to a civilised mind. We must not be cowed by the humourless, guns or no guns.

But seeing fellow atheists paint the words "I AM RIGHT" all over the internet in still-warm blood is pretty upsetting.

If you wanna hate Islam, go ahead. The rest of us will have to build bridges and make peace without you.

Now is the time to move closer to people of different beliefs and cultures, not explain why those beliefs are wrong or stupid.

Swear to yourself and the world to defend the rights of others to hold beliefs, hold opinions and speak those opinions freely. I swear it, and I mean it.

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[Cartoon by Sarah McIntyre of Jabberworks, UK.]