Reminds me of how the Buddhists have statues of Buddha to inspire meditation, but also have the koan "If you meet the Buddha, kill him." to indicate that one should worship the Buddha for that is an illusion.
The English word pasquinade means a satirical protest in poetry. It comes from the name of the 1st Talking Statue, Pasquino, which as early as the 15th century became used to post anonymous irreverent satires poking fun at public figures (political & religious). They irked the Popes to no end! The 1st Talking Statue (see below) was named after tailor Pasquino, who worked for the Vatican & would post gossip & humorous stories for neighbors, which broadened into other satirical critiques of power.
_I was a citizen of Ancient Rome
Now all call me Abbot Louis
Along with Marforio and Pasquino I conquer
Eternal fame for Urban Satire
I received offences, disgrace, and burial,
till here I found new life and finally safety_
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talking_statues_of_Rome as well as the entries for individual statues. It's quite entertaining history.)
I guess in liberal states that ban guns like mine, you risk getting shot by mentally ill people bent on destruction. And in conservative states where guns are encouraged, you risk getting killed by your own gun by your own baby. Ironic!
When I 1st heard about "an attack on Freedom of Speech" on US TV news, which didn't show any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, I was incensed. Then I saw the cartoons & found them not funny & insulting. I thought "It's sad these cartoonists died! But are these snarky, mean-spirited cartoons really important to Freedom of Speech? Or are they the humor that bullies use to make fun of people they don't like?" I was now ANGRY at the US media, too, for misleading & manipulating me!!!
Last time this happened was in the 1970s, when the US media portrayed the Shah of Iran as a benevolent leader. It was only when I went outside the US for the 1st time to visit relatives in Germany, that I learned that the Shah was torturing his people. Everyone in Europe knew that. No one in America did; except probably our leaders. So when the US embassy was overrun in Iran, the American people were shocked; I was not. Even then US media still did not talk a lot about what the US government had done to Iran. You had to really look for it.
So I get angry when I catch the US media in a lie (even on of omission). Do they not want to
offend American Muslims & others w/ these vulgar cartoons? Or do they have another agenda? Maybe they know that if we see the cartoons, we won't be as riled up about Freedom of Speech being violated.
None of the TV news shows I've watched have shown the "cartoon from the front cover of Charlie Hebdo". I googled US newspaper sites & only USA Today shows a picture (small thumbnail); even New York Times won't show the cartoon (has a link to a French newspaper).
USA is the inventor of "Freedom of Speech" yet we are scared of it!!!
with their own belief system (like fascism or racism).
The exact saying was penned in 1839 by an Englishman, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, in his play about French Cardinal Richelieu. But prior to that many famous people have said or written similar quotes, including the Prophet Mohammed as well as quotes from the Old & New Testament of the Bible.
- "The word is mightier than the sword." - Assyrian sage Ahiqar 500 BC (Assyria was in the Iraq-Syria region now being overtaken by ISIL)
- "The tongue is mightier than the blade." - Greek playwright Euripides 400 BC
- "I am more afraid of Abu'l-Fazl's pen than of Akbar's sword." - Abdullah-Khan II, Agra, India 1500s AD
- "... many wearing rapiers are afraid of goosequills." - William Shakespeare in Hamlet 1600s AD
- A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword - Robert Burton 1621AD
- "Go on then in doing with your pen what in other times was done with the sword" - Thomas Jefferson in letter to Thomas Paine 1792 AD
- “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” and There are only two powers in the world, saber and mind; at the end, saber is always defeated by mind - both by Napoleon Bonaparte 1700s AD
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