The pleasure of hating, like a poisonous mineral, eats into the heart of religion, and turns it to rankling spleen and bigotry; it makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands: it leaves to virtue nothing but the spirit of censoriousness, and a narrow, jealous, inquisitorial watchfulness over the actions and motives of others. What have the different sects, creeds, doctrines in religion been but so many pretexts set up for men to wrangle, to quarrel, to tear one another in pieces about, like a target as a mark to shoot at? Does any one suppose that the love of country in an Englishman implies any friendly feeling or disposition to serve another bearing the same name? No, it means only hatred to the French or the inhabitants of any other country that we happen to be at war with for the time.
–From William Hazlitt’s essay “On the Pleasure of Hating”
As many as 1.6 million people marched in Paris today, including 40 presidents and prime ministers.
Where was Obama?
Reporters Without Borders chanted: “Liberty of expression has no religion!”
The NY Times spoke to Lilith Guillot, 23, who “said she had spent all day marching with friends but was dismayed that the world leaders who descended on Paris appeared to believe that the only way to fight terrorism or homegrown extremists was to spend more on security or escalate the potential for war.
“She said that the people who had carried out the killings in France, and those who had committed similar acts in other European countries, had all come from deprived backgrounds. Those from France’s suburbs, she said, appeared to have gravitated to extreme Islam partly because they could never get out of the ghetto.
“‘What those men did was inexcusable,’ Ms. Guillot said. “But all these leaders need to look at the root of the problem: integration and inclusion.’
‘Until then,’ she said, ‘nothing will change.'”