Freedom of expression

Freedom Of Expression: A Farce?

What follows after my humblest denial to everyone who asks this innocuous question, ”Hey! aren’t you on Facebook?” is overly stupefied faces, condescending judgments and inward mortifying retorts. Which in the end usually place me in the category of “unostentatiously plain Pakistani lass to whom the wonders of facebook haven’t reached yet because of its―mostly stereotypical―patriarchal milieu”.

Some viewed me with pity others with disgust. Some deemed it their moral obligation to inquire after my ignorance in this inordinately knowledgeable world. Others opted for a contemptuous silence as my not-being-on-facebook embark them to a quite superior social hierarchy.

But I never try to defy their false notion. I never uttered a single word to my defense. As for me, doing so is self-humiliating.

Back then circa 2008, when I was resolute in my decision to deactivate my facebook account―as an upshot of publishing humiliating caricatures of our beloved Prophet―people’s opinion was a matter of no consequence for me.

I always shied away from explaining others the rationale behind, as I never wanted to purport that I am gloating over my righteousness because I do not consider myself any better Muslim.

Yeah, it all didn’t make an iota of difference to anyone out there but atleast I called a spade a spade.

Once again the publication of satirical cartoons (under the banner of freedom of expression) by Charlie Hebdo didn’t serve its purpose as it incites rampage all around the world instead of humor. Freedom of expression (as I earlier jotted it down in my comment) has become a hackneyed phrase of  the West that needs to be disposed off. If these satirical cartoons were meant to induce laughter then surely we are living in morally degenerated times, where laughing at the expense of others is the new dictum of the modern world. People love to see others dirty linen being washed in public and controversy seeking media devours on that.

Drawing the blasphemous caricatures of reverted personalities is neither intended to sprout humor nor its freedom of expression, but is another nail in the coffin of world peace. The very peace endeavored by the West under the camouflage of “war on terror”.

Ok, I’m insinuating myself a fundamentalist and a bigoted Muslim but see its all about faith.

Peace

Yes!! it is we humans

Ever heard an obnoxious monster with filthy body creating havoc everywhere.

Yes always in movies.

How many times we watch similar stuff in which ancient demons unleashed their brutality on humans. Or vampires thriving to infuse their venom in humans. Or a more dramatic one, a drug experiment on animals went wrong, leaving them with supernatural powers and vengeful towards humans. Or a more cliché one, a scientific experiment leaves an otherwise noble man to gigantic evil with regenerative powers, which turns his fury over humans. Or more scientific plot, where some extraterrestrial clans driven with diabolical purpose of subjugating world and building their own hegemony, are crazy to obliterate human race.

Movies told us how very prone we humans and our earth are to these monsters. They incessantly depict that we are in danger from bloodthirsty brutes that are keen to annihilate us. When in actuality it is not some undead fiends that are menacing but it is us.

We humans.

We are the purveyors and we are the receivers.

Every day we heard news of people being killed in suicide bombings, missile firings, drone attacks, targeted attacks et al. All are the acts of barbaric creatures in human camouflage.

Deed of one person is the death of other.

So apparently we have left no room for any monster from celestial world to do further damage.

The killing of innocent civilians in violence in Gaza Strip shows how thirsty our soul is for bloodshed. Soul; which is bereft of any speck of humanity. Surely there is no bloodsucking monster to blame for.

And then it is we humans who voyeur on the sufferings of other human beings. Sometime by sitting as silent spectator and sometimes by uttering cold words punctuated by hateful sentiments.

We know whether it is demon with nasty jaws or werewolf with sharp claws, all are devoid of wisdom and emotions.  But the irony is that drone attacks in Pakistan are not the work of some extraterrestrial clans but by world most civilized nation.

Yes it is we humans. No alien, no vampire no zombies whatsoever.

Surely we need not any Avengers initiative to fight these adversities but we only need a Peace initiative.