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I’ve been thinking about this video that went viral on Social Media of a father and son discussion after the attack on Paris.

I think one of the reason it went viral is because it’s so human.  Here’s a young boy and his father.  That itself is beautiful.  It’s also such a contrast to the previous day’s event of terrorism.  People need to see some form of humanity after such horrific news.

I imagine those who love kids were drawn to it too.  I myself have children about the child’s age and children that are younger.  So a part of me was drawn to watch the video when I saw it being shared online.

But I am also a bit disturbed by the video.  Actually my feelings are mixed.  I tried to be understanding about people grieving and that this is a child.  I gave this some time and several days before I blogged about it.

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joann sfar

Many people have used the hashtag #PrayforParis after yesterdays’ tragic terrorist attack.  Also trending on social media is the news about Charlie Hebo cartoonist Joann Sfar comment about not using #Prayforparis.  He wrote

Friends from the whole world, thank you for #prayforParis, but we don’t need more religion! Our faith goes to music! Kissing! Life! Champagne and joy! #Parisisaboutlife

He also shared this cartoon on his instagram account:

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A British media outlet translated this as the following:

Terrorism is not the enemy. Terrorism is a mode of operation. Repeating ‘we are at war’ without finding the courage to name our enemies leads nowhere. Our enemies are those that love death. In various guises, they have always existed. History forgets quickly

I want to look at this particular point Sfar made.

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