“Scandaliser est un droit. Être scandalisé est un plaisir.” ― Pasolini, Pier Paolo

jesuischarlie“It was a shocking thing to say and I knew it was a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don’t have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don’t have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book. You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or sold, or bought, or read.”
― Philip Pullman

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One Response to “Scandaliser est un droit. Être scandalisé est un plaisir.” ― Pasolini, Pier Paolo

  1. Newminster says:

    True enough, but also worth remembering Pope Francis’ comment that if you use swear-words about his mother you’re likely to get a punch in the mouth. “It’s normal!”
    Which part of “freedom of thought” implies unrestricted freedom of speech? The concept that “people don’t have the right not to be offended” would have made no sense to the philosophers of the Enlightenment who would have argued that while they have no right not to have their beliefs challenged they have every right not to have them insulted in a society that (allegedly) places a high premium on civilised behaviour.
    Or perhaps doesn’t any more.
    Today cartoons intended to cause offence (try looking at some of Charlie Hebdo’s anti-Catholic ones; they are even more vitriolic); tomorrow active persecution of groups you don’t approve of? And when that happens the cartoonist shrugs his shoulders and says, “not my fault, mate; I just draw cartoons.”
    “Power without responsibility; the prerogative of the harlot through the ages” (Stanley Baldwin referring to newspaper owners)

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