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My right to speak and you must listen! (and repect me!!)

2nd January 2009

A man who intruded a home of a Dutch cartoonist Kurt Westergaard whose work of the prophet Muhammad sparked worldwide protests last year has been shot.  The man, a Somalian youth aged 27 was attempted to break in to Kurt’s house with an axe and a hand-knife and was shot at the hand and leg by an office who tried to stop him.

Reading about the article make me curious of Kurt’s work so I dive in the Goo’s pond.

I found his work quite direct and disrespectful, I wonder why he did it and what is his motivation and after Goo around I found his interview here (see below)

This is impression of him – let’s me not, tainted you with it..(ie. see it for yourself)
Kurt’s interview

He spoke of his believe in the so-called ‘Western value’ that is freedom of speech.  He believe that his work is in the front line of promoting that value.  And although there maybe emotional feeling in the discussion of religion, he felt that it (religion) has no special place and must face a scrutiny like any other topics.   I felt his is stubborn but perhaps unaware of the impact of the consequence that his work has and the power of images that he created.  I felt sorry for what he has to faced , the life of a undergrounder – always in hiding.  I condemned the death treat he received.

But..

I also understand the rage and anger that his work would have cause the Muslims, and the hostile reaction that he would received.  His story left we wondering, what is ‘the right of speech’.

Is it to say what I believe

Is it to say whatever I want, however I want with no consequence

or do I have to dig deeper to understand the consequence of what I want to say, empathy with other whom bear the impact of what I want to say ?

I believe that is no right or wrong on what one want to say.  But shouldn’t one bear in mind the consequence of one’s action and balance it out carefully before one spill-the-bean out?

Do I understand the consequence of my action? – if not fully, enough (?)

If living is an Art, speaking out (word/action) definitely is one of the main sub-subjects of that art form.

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