Following Friday's attacks, I posted this image of Paris from my mobile phone:
That's a simple map of my hometown, with its motto in Latin.
'Fluctuat nec mergitur' means that even when tossed around in stormy waters, the city never sinks.
I considered using the official coat of arms, but it's too loaded in symbols, particularly with these protective walls, and the King's colors:
The last things I wanted were to celebrate warfare, to mention 'divine
blood' in the middle of a carnage, or to bring monarchy into this new Republican challenge*.
I opted for a satellite image showing Paris as it is. Unfortunately, that crappy app cropped the map, severing even neighborhoods that had been struck by the terrorists, adding insult to death.
When I noticed that, I considered trying again, but somehow that failure made sense: you can't sum up the horror in one picture, and humanity as a whole had been assaulted anyway.
Humanity is not sinking.
But among humans who are sinking, a few are tempted to join extremism, which feeds upon our weaknesses, particularly when our democracies fail.
And from France, more is expected than just 'staying afloat' and surviving terror attacks. This democracy can't afford failing to honor its own motto, 'liberty, equality, fraternity'.
Thank you dear Annabel Park for your kind words to the French people:
(see also the French version on blogules V.F.: "Un message d'Annabel Park")
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* the year that started with "#JeSuisCharlie" keeps being dotted with atrocities across the globe
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