A French Writer On Politics & Society Today

From Michel Houellebecq’s 2015 novel, Submission:

“The Muslim Brotherhood is an unusual party, you know. Many of the usual political issues simply don’t matter to them. To start with, the economy is not their main concern. What they care about is birthrate and education. To them it’s simple–whichever segment of the population has the highest birthrate, and does the best job of transmitting its values, wins. If you control the children, you control the future.” pg. 64

“My only goal in life was to do a little reading and get in bed at four in the afternoon with a carton of cigarettes and a bottle; and yet, at the same time, I had to admit, I was going to die if I kept that up–I was going to die fast, unhappy and alone. And did I really want to die fast, unhappy and alone? In the end, only kind of.” pg. 203

“The fact is, most people live their lives without worrying too much about these supposedly philosophical questions. They think about them only when they’re facing some kind of tragedy–a serious illness, the death of a loved one. At least, that’s how it is in the West; in the rest of the world people die and kill in the name of these very questions, they wage bloody wars over them, and they have since the dawn of time. These metaphysical questions are exactly what men fight over, not market shares or who gets to hunt where. Even in the West, atheism has no solid basis.” pg. 204

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#ParisAttacks

Perhaps France doesn’t need status updates that mention sadness, shock, and sympathy. Perhaps they need policies that might actually prevent atrocities like this from happening, over and over and over again. Actually, if you’ve followed their politics for the last decade, that’s exactly what the people have been begging for. But we’re more comfortable feigning surprise and impotently offering nothing more than trendy solidarity in mourning. As usual.

Tell me, how many more attacks like this will it take before you agree that more must be done to combat it directly? Five? Ten? Fifty? Will you act surprised next time, too? And the time after that? Be sure to bookmark your “shocked and saddened” status today so you can quickly copy and paste it a few times next year.

“Anger doesn’t solve anything!”

Tell that to the children of today’s victims.

Tell that to the children of next year’s victims.

Here’s a better question: why doesn’t the predictable, preventable murder of over a hundred innocent people make you angry?

Will you be angry next time?

Or the time after that?

Will you still be shrugging your shoulders and “helping” by changing your profile pic for a week after the next attack?

When you offer to pray for Paris, what exactly will you be praying for? Comfort for the affected families? Good. But could you also pray for sensible policy reform by leaders and for cultural strength for society so that we won’t have to offer to pray for affected families again and again with no end in sight?

May God bless all those who were killed today and all those who would stand with them. May we all do more than just display our feelings about this.

May God move all who can help make the world safe and at peace from this plague of terror. May we all do our part to support such a goal.

And may God stop those who would perpetrate such attacks, or condone them, or turn a blind eye to them. And may we all do all we can to help Him.

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