Let them be tortured. Killing a person in an easy, simple way isn’t enough. No other creature ever did that. It was done by conscious living beings. The conscious living beings who consider themselves the apex of creation. They write novels, compose music, make movies, work, talk, laugh, cry, and finally, unlike other living beings, know that they will die someday. These conscious livings beings used all of their imagination to inflict maximum pain on other conscious living beings.
Looking at those tools, one thinks how much pain, tears and pleas they have caused. And it was done in the name of religion and nation. These horrors are still happening. Blood is still being shed in the name of nation and religion, houses are still being destroyed, people are still being forced to leave their homes, heads are still being cut off. But almost all of it has been described already, one only has to read, educate oneself and live as a human being. Unfortunately, despite all that has been written and filmed, these horrors are still destroying people’s lives in different forms, in different places.
A Western-biased, Western-minded creative man had just returned from a trip to an Eastern country. I asked him how it had gone. He answered with a very accurate sentence. It was the power of art.
As Maupassant described either Morocco or Algeria, “Everyone here is looking for shade.”
This one sentence has an information value of a thick book. Yes, I asked the man: What was that Eastern country like? How did it look to you? What do people there think? What do they do? He said, bro, they knock a man to the ground and beat him in front of everybody.
Sometimes our eyes become so accustomed to certain events and actions that we simply get tired of sitting and thinking about how shameful these events and actions are. Imagine a man being thrown to the ground and beaten in front of the others so that the others will look at him and be afraid. Let them see their fate.
Grabbing and beating a person in front of other people, killing them in front of other people is something that happened in different periods of history, in different places. But if you go to a square in Belgium or Denmark today, gather people and say, so, we’re going to knock one of you down now and you’re going to watch… well, it might be a little embarrassing.
200 years ago, Akhundov wrote that bulls were beginning to be respected in England, while in our country they grabbed people and cut off their ears. Imagine grabbing a living being and cutting off their ear to make them behave. What does it mean? This shows the level of society. And how does it even occur to anyone to cut off a person’s ear?
Yes, many nations have done this at different times in history. But now they have reached a level where they are ashamed to do so. And when they do, they do it a bit more covertly. They don’t grab a person, knock them down to the ground and beat them in the middle of the square. Sometimes people argue in response that in some civilized, developed countries, the police beat people who go to unauthorized rallies. Yes, they do. It happens. But there are also independent courts, non-governmental organizations, and free press in those countries. When someone gets beaten up, they speak out, challenging the government: why do you beat the people? In some countries, there is no free press. The courts are dependent on the government, they carry out the orders of the government, the intellectuals get gifts of land plots, vouchers, orders, medals, jobs for their children in customs, embassies, and so on, and keep silent. If you go and complain about the police in such a country, you will be arrested and beaten up a little. If they feel like it, they will deprive you of your freedom. That’s the difference.
History has shown that beating and punishing often have the opposite effect. People need explanation, education, forgiveness and understanding.
Remember one of the greatest works of art in human history. If the Bishop hadn’t forgiven Jean Valjean, Jean Valjean would have been sent back to prison. But one action, one word of the Bishop brought Jean Valjean back to life. His soul was saved. The Bishop bought his soul by gifting him those candlesticks. Thus, Jean Valjean had no choice but to love people. Jesus said the same thing. If anyone slaps you on the cheek, turn to them the other cheek also; if anyone wants to take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. It’s not easy. But some people do find the strength to follow this principle.
True mercy is when you can punish and you know you are strong enough to do it, and you choose not to. History has shown that the concept of human being is higher than the concepts of religion and nation. The concept of human being is more valuable than the concepts of religion, nation and idea. Now is the time when religion and ideas fall into disgrace if people are killed in the name of religion and ideas. So, no religion, sect or idea has the right to kill, annihilate a person. On the contrary, religions, ideas, sects, trends and movements should serve to make people’s lives happier and more prosperous.