With all the knowledge and ability to understand complex situations that I believed I have, what happened yesterday in Paris is beyond my capacity to anticipate.
What I do anticipate happening though is the same fundamentalist and/or meaningless reactions of politicians and people.
It is possible and recommendable to refuse the company, benefits and services of someone who hates you and want to harm you, even if they are fellow citizens. But how that can be done, this is the key. How do you refuse to associate with those who plan to aggress you? How do you refuse benefits and refuse to foster relationships with them?
I believe it is possible to be firm, to affirm and assert ourselves without becoming mindless, aggressive or violent. I said POSSIBLE, not EASY. And that starts with understanding how fundamentalism, extremism, self-esteem, unhappiness, happiness, love, and hate work. And understanding how social, cultural and ethnic systems work. Understand the POWER of a Culture to forge values, a belief system and ultimately IDENTITIES. Then and only then we will have a chance to make a serious and sustainable change.
There is no better way of describing what is happening than this song of Jose Gonzales, an amazing artist of whom I just found out a few minutes ago:
What's the point if you hate
Die and kill for love, kill for love
What's the point with a love
Makes you hate and kill for
You've got a heart on fire
Bursting with desire
You've got a heart filled with passion
Will you let it burn for hate or compassion?