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The Fundamentalist and the Second City

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The Fundamentalist and the Second City

Postby Jessica » Thu May 25, 2017 8:52 pm

Right, I'm going to tell you a story. It's a true story.
Once upon a time, there was a large city, not the biggest city in the islands, but because of it's size and history and location it was known as the Second City.
A group of young people from the across the islands and from across the sea went to a large entertainment hall to listen to an equally young female troubadour.
The Fundamentalists, who hated any truth not their own, saw this, and were offended.
So one faked being a citizen of the Second City and went amongst this throng of happy, harmless youth and attempted to put and end to their merriment. Twenty-two would never laugh again. Several more were silenced temporarily. The Second City held it's breath.
And the Fundamentalists rubbed their hands with glee. We have hurt them, we have made them stop their merriment, we have broken their sense of friendship and solidarity. The small place that contains the whole world will be fractured and broken and the citizens will either hide and cower, or beg us to stop, or better still, turn on one another, and blame and hate. And hate and confusion makes us stronger, like it does with all Fundamentalists.
And the citizens of the Second City began to breath.
Those at the scene talked of strangers helping one another.
A vendor of clothes that celebrated the troubadour deliberately damaging his stock to make makeshift bandages to cover wounds.
Drivers of private hire vehicles offering to take the confused home without any cost incurred.
Owners of rooms that provided rented accommodation for travellers opening their doors for the lost and confused to rest and recover.
This went on through the night, and the following day. More and more citizens of the Second City standing up.
Offering sustenance and nourishment at no cost to the lost and confused.
And their life blood.
Even the two great sports teams set in the Second City and known world round for their rivalry united in condemning this attack.
Most wondrous of all, they got together spontaneously in one of the public squares of the Second City and stood and were silent.
As for the rest of the citizens of the Second City, they did nothing different at all.
They travelled in their private vehicles or public transport. They attended work and school and to the great retail centres of the Second City. They attended sports and entertainment venues.
They sat in repose in another public square and did nothing different at all.
And the forces of Fundamentalism were confused. Why are the citizens just treating it like another day? Why aren't they crying and begging? Why are they not performing acts of violence against those outside their understanding?
Twenty-two voices of the Second City silenced for ever.
A million new citizens of the Second City born that day.
And the forces of Fundamentalist slunk away, lost and confused, unable to process the notion that the citizens of the Second City were sudden more, suddenly stronger.

The citizens of the Second City can be anybody and anyone who doesn't give in to fear and hate and prejudice.
The forces of Fundamentalism are those who can't understand.

All the best to the people of the Second City. This way the forces of Fundamentalism will be defeated.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?Then he is not omnipotent.Is he able, but not willing?Then he is malevolent.Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? (Epicurus circa:300 BC)
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Re: The Fundamentalist and the Second City

Postby E-lad » Thu May 25, 2017 10:34 pm

Poignant. How can these people still exist......
Life is a comedy for those who think, and a tragedy for those who feel.- Horace Walpole
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Re: The Fundamentalist and the Second City

Postby zilch » Fri May 26, 2017 9:01 am

Thank you, Jessica. Yes, this is how terror is defeated. I have fond memories of the Second City, even though I was only there briefly.
You were born. And so you're free. So happy birthday.
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