|By mgib|| I felt very much concerned reading the chatlog and
comments on tourist “Adolf Hitler” (AWWoS issue #23 “comments on
To be clear, it happens I have no personal reasons to be more sensitive about this topic than any with a minimum of humanity feelings or any European remembering his history. We have to remember many people have such personal reasons.
I was at first shocked by Razzle’s arguments and fully agreeing
with editorial comments. But soon came an aftertaste: things weren’t black
But the thing is we are so much starving for consideration (as
a community) that we rush on any little which is said, and argue about
points we know the main default is they never been discussed. To the point
we miss the meaning of some silence.
Alas, silence is like virginity. Broken even once, and it’s no
more silence with its innocence and reserve. And when this COF representative
feels the urgent need to warn someone calling “Adolf Hitler” a “sad
fucker”, suddenly the rest of the silence speaks up.
This is where we are. No matter the rust if it’s covered with a nice fresh paint. No matter what message or attitude we may expect from someone calling himself “Adolf Hitler”. The important thing is, this is just a name if we don’t look at what it means and started to be said by this jerk. While calling such an idiot “sad fucker” is an awful paint, no matter we understand the noble sentiments of disgust behind them. The paint is bad, change it, no matter what’s under it
But is all about having just wrong judgement methods for what
we aim at? Do we agree on the rust under the paint? Nothing is sure.
And when some passers-by disappear in silence in the street and you don’t see them again, when a good part of the crowd feel uncomfortable enough so to look away or say “it’s a shame” low enough so not to be heard, when hostages is a common practice, when we have censorship (in the strict sense), when independent neighbouring places of discussion should bow to principles dictated by the Empire in a kind of “Anschluss” theory etc… well… the after-aftertaste is strange.
Finally, Razzle is totally right. Calling yourself “Adolf Hitler” isn’t the point, more is how you behave. As to consider rules and guidelines… well, we need a good joke from time to time, don’t we? ?
P.S.: Sorry GK, but you were wrong. “Adolf” is the right spelling in
German. Maybe in other countries…
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