Fiction closes on reality


Mourning for my country and my people, but also for all the victims from here and there who fell because of barbarism and unprecedented acts of war – or so it seems – does not make my own recovery any easier. Unfortunately, and as it is, such a situation belongs to life; because life would not be if it weren’t for death… and yet, such deaths are but the results of what we call nihilism, the ideology of nothingness rooting for death where life has no say or place. So, does these horrific events belong to life? Another debate for another time, I believe…

Yann Moix – French writer – said: “We have the right to be afraid […] because we love life.” Jean-Luc Mélenchon – French politician and Deputy – will strengthen this statement by saying: “To be courageous, one has to be afraid. The others are the unconscious, for they are not afraid.

But many of us are afraid and it is blinding us… courage and lucidity are but hidden from us… whether we are commoners or ministers…

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (movie) – Harry’s hearing scene

Dumbledore: […] I implore you to see reason. The evidence that the dark lord has returned is incontrovertible.
Cornelius Fudge: He is not back!

All politic ideologies aside, Jean-Christophe Lagarde – French politician member of the National Assembly of France since November 2014 – said something interesting: “The French people does not, as of today, live war.” I do not know if it is entirely true, but I believe that it is at least partly so. Barbaric soldiers came to France and killed for the sake of it, period. They did the same in Syria, Beirut and so many other countries with the only goal as to take away our freedom by killing as many as possible. I call that war. We are at war and we should not hide from that fact, which is far from being a simple truth.

In France, although it was a well-targeted act, Charlie Hebdo has suffered irreparable losses in January of this year. No matter what one thinks of the so-called reason behind it, it was the visible beginning of the war… we still called it terrorism then and took anti-terrorism measures that seem obviously inefficient.

In his vision of the book adaptation “Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix” by J. K. Rowling, David Yates underlines our tendency of denying the truth in the face of terror. I think it was clear as a bell – see video above “He is not back“.  In the same movie, he stresses the importance of unity in the face of an enemy that wants to divide people thus make them even more vulnerable – see video below “Wise Luna“.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (movie) – Thestrals scene

Luna: “We both believe you by the way… that he who must not be named is back and you fought him […]
Harry: Thanks. It seems that you are but the only ones that do
Luna: I don’t think that’s true, but I suppose that it is how he wants you to feel.
Harry: What do you mean?
Luna: Well, if I were you know who, I’d want you to feel cut off from everyone else, cause if it’s just you alone, you’re not as much of a threat.

We need to stay united, not only as the French people but as a universal people against the enemy. In order to do that, we cannot stay blind and intolerant; we cannot let hate invade our hearts and become judges of our neighbors who might have other beliefs, ideologies or culture. We are the “world of men” and together we need to muster the courage to face what’s to come.

I wonder: Why are artists way ahead of their time every single time? They are visionaries and because they create fiction, we don’t pay attention the way we should.
Today, France could be Rowan… yesterday, Syria could have been… and sadly, the list goes on and on. See video below.

Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers, Ten thousand strong scene

Theoden: A great host you say!
Aragorn: All Isengard is emptied…
Theoden: How many?
Aragorn: Ten thousand strong at least…
Theoden: Ten thousand?
Aragorn: It is an army bred for a single purpose: to destroy the world of men.

I am not a preacher, a politician or anyone with power, but I have my voice and I intend to keep it. I have more questions than answers, but my goals are clear: spread love, respect and lucidity.

When you are done reading and watching the videos, as a sign of respect to the victims in the world, please observe one minute of silence. Thank you!


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