What might happen after the gruesome terrorist attack in Paris
The danger of far-right political movements
Such an attack is the last thing an Europe already shaken by the advance of far-right political movements needs. In a period in which ethnocentric ideology of the extreme right is spreading force in the masses, and fear of strangers is built on superiority of group, ethnicity, religion, the tragedy in the heart of Paris is likely to quickly fertilize land of isolationist and conflicting options. The problem is that from the conflict extremists, moderates which still are the majority will only have to lose.
The result? Instead of a global society of progress where we are circulating free, where we start to understand each other, we could return to the situation of prisoners of isolated islands, anchored deep in the mud of prehistoric retrograde mentality where we judge values of others only in relation to their own culture which seems obviously the single criterion for assessing the true values.
Christianity is an evolved religion, compared to Islam
Ethnocentrism produces monsters in both Muslim and Christian world. If globalization is now a certainty, although population movements entailed, we must take into account the simple reality that on any territory can live together, sooner or later, people of different ethnicities, sharing religions at different ages.
300 years ago, blasphemy was punishable by death in France and the Inquisition burned them at the stake as heretics. Centuries passed, and Christianity evolved to the point where today there is no longer any organized fanatical movement to kill in the name of Christ. Islam has not yet reached this stage. And this is the reality of today's world in which we live.
In the XXI century are committed terrible crimes in the name of Islam or rather a misinterpretation of the religion of minority groups, but not insignificant people. There are entire libraries already written about the causes of radicalization in Muslim regions poorer or richer, but also in European countries with significant Muslim minorities. Beyond these cases, the reality catching up and they show us a very simple thing: if we fail to moderate relations between us, if we open the doors of the false prophets of hatred on all sides, we risk irreversible change our way of life.
Which option is the best?
We could defend the absolute freedom of expression, but such a goal is not only a hypocritical pretense. Such absolute freedom does not exist. Today we have laws that punish, for example, anti semitic deviations. And these rules have emerged from a human tragedy that occurred 70 years ago. Nowadays human tragedies occur. And we must find solutions to moderate, to reconcile differences to prevent dangerous escalation of conflicts on a civilizational scale.
As much disturbed are idealistic voices, harsh reality of today's world is that in cosmopolitan Paris or cosmopolitan London, can live on the same floor people for who religion is a relative matter and people for which religion is the essence of existence. If the two do not find a common ground in which to meet, to respect each other, learn about each other and grow together, conflict is inevitable.
The world is constantly changing and civilization wins just by inventing formal or informal rules, dedicated to new realities. The alternative is ultimately simple. We recognize this situation and we better regulate the cohabitation of common area or clam absolute rights and freedoms, assuming an ethnocentric bloody conflict. All of us has this choice. Soon, no one will be spared for such an option.
I personally prefer the first option because this way there is a chance that the ages of the two religions to equalize and Muslim fanatics to be isolated, to be fewer and disappear over time, as happened with fanatical Christians. The second option, the conflict will only isolate us in our tight spaces, fueling religious warlords power of all the evil that causes it.
If after the terrorist attack in France will win other extremists, possibly far-right groups and politicians, war is already beginning to be lost by us all moderate, peace-loving and understanding, which we are already casualties.