A shocking act of Cowardism struck Paris earlier today with the senseless attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices.
Terrified gunmen, unable to cope with their unrelenting fear of ideas contrary to theirs gunned down several innocent people who happened to hold differing opinions. Unable to countenance other world views existing, and that those world views have a sense of humour, the gunmen attempted to hide their fear by mercilessly shooting unarmed, defenceless people.
We are reminded again of the horrible consequences of Cowardism, of people who cling so fearfully to beliefs they hold so insecurely that another person, totally unrelated to them, can endanger those beliefs so much merely by expressing an alternate opinion, either through reasoned argument or witty mockery.
We are reminded that people with such belief systems are terrified of their own shadows, for fear their shadows may sibilantly whisper in the darkness, “maybe you’re wrong?”
We are reminded how pitiful, how thoughtless, and how insecure Cowardists are. Yet, we are also reminded of the quiet and peaceful determination of others, of the majority, to not be silenced, and to not let Cowardism take hold in our own hearts.