Est-ce que je suis Charlie?


7 january 2015. 11:00h CET. Two terrorists kill twelve periodists and wound eleven who had made several caricatures of prophet Muhammad.

7 january 2015. 11:00h CET. Two terrorists kill twelve periodists and wound eleven who had made several caricatures of prophet Muhammad.

7 january 2015. 11:00h CET. Two terrorists kill twelve periodists and wound eleven who had made several caricatures of prophet Muhammad.

I don’t know how many times I have to repeat this sentence to believe it. To believe that, NOW, in 2015, 21st century,  there are people who still kill those who don’t think like them. If you really try to understand what it means, you probably would realize it just makes no sense.

How to solve the terrorism issue

  1. We must analyze the causes of this attack, and what it is more important, I think we must fight peacefully to search a tolerant and respectful solution to this HUGE problem.
  2. We must not mix concepts. Islam is not terrorism. And terrorism, is not Islam. Even I don’t know what the Quran says, I am sure there is more than one way to remain peaceful.
  3. We have to stregthen the bond between societies.
  4. We have to talk. We must fix our society flaws before trying to solve international-scale issues.
  5. We must keep talking. When all the societies affected by the terrorism are more solid, more defined than now, we must reach an agreement.
  6. We must be empaths. Our point of view is not objective, and neither is anyone.
  7. We have to collaborate. Two (or more) societies are stronger and more efficient than just one.
  8. We have to believe on what we do.  As Steve Jobs said: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”.
  9. We have to know what we want. This is not a religion issue, it is a violence issue.
  10. We must be active.

Why do I say that we must be active? It is true that we have the conscience of the impact of this issue. It is true that we are doing something to fight it. But it is not effective since there are still active terrorists. Using hashtags, doing minutes of silence, spreading photos and slogans… It is a very generous gesture, certainly, but being pragmatic: does doing that solve the problem? I don’t think so. Who remembers now of Boko Haram and #bringbackourgirls and who knows anything new about it?

#bringbackourgirls

This graph shows the results at Google of the hashtag #Bringbackourgirls. Created with good intention, no doubt about it, but did we do everything we could to solve it? Maybe we just followed a trend. (For those who are interested in the issue, take a look at bit.ly/1I3rNVg ). The pinnacle of the scope of the hashtag was reached on may 2014, and just one month later the results decreased from the 100% to just the 7%…

Ice Bucket Challenge

Those are the search results for Ice Bucket Challenge. We can see it follows the same pattern as the hashtag #Bringbackourgirls. The top was reached at august 2014 and just a month later, the results decreased about a 85%…

Is this what we want to happen? Is that the way to solve a problem? Personally, I don’t think so. I don’t want to spread this image and send some tweets ended with #JeSuisCharlie.

Je Suis Charlie

I just want to end with the violence, the intolerance and the injustice. There are lots of people killed daily by fanatic terrorists. There are lots of boys and girls being raped every day. There are lots of people that die because of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other diseases. Do you really think that just tweeting or posting or spreading, the problem is solved? Again, I don’t think so.

Donc, est-ce que je suis Charlie? (So, am I Charlie?). Yes. I am Charlie. And I am really concerned, and enraged about what happened in Paris. But I am not just Charlie. I am not only concerned about Charlie Hebdo. I am Charlie, and I am all the victims of terrorism as well. Because the problem doesn’t stay only in Paris. Let’s solve it once, and for all.