On the eve of the deaths of the cartoonists in Paris, my thoughts turn more and more to the philosophies of Heinlein. Many people, most likely, would disagree with this author (one of my many favorites). However, I see how accurate this is today. Violence is not always necessary. But, it does change history. In the United States, when 9/11 happened, the entire nation seemed to rally around itself and work together. I can see this massacre in Paris as promoting the same sort of action world wide. Freedom of speech should not be stopped. Men and women should be wise in their speech, but what they believe should never be stifled in order to conform to someone else's thought pattern. I don't care who you are or what you believe. I can share with you my points of view, but if it differs from yours I don't expect to be killed, tortured, or banished for it. Unfortunately, there are places in the world where this does happen. Places as cultural and cosmopolitan as Paris or New York.
I don't see today's world as any worse or horrible as a different decade. The romanticism of the 50's and 60's weren't at all 'Leave it to Beaver' and 'Happy Days.' There is a lot of darkness in every generation. It is up to those of us who live in it, to be candles and mirrors to reflect them. (Edith Wharton)