Word has gone round that, “as a sign of its collective solidarity with the French people, the Commission will hold a minute of silence today, Monday 16 November, at 12.00 Brussels time.”
In order to commemorate the victims of Friday night’s terrorists attacks in Paris, all Commission staff are invited to gather inside Commission buildings. Staff can also participate individually, wherever they are. Brussels staff are invited to assemble in the BERL piazza (i.e. inside the building).
In today’s cultural environment, which is solidary, pluralistic, multi-cultural, neutral, and tolerant, the right way to commemorate victims is the following:
- Be part of the crowd.
- Stand still. Don’t say anything.
- Make a grim, stern face. With that grim expression, look into the camera (if there is any).
- Remain in this position for a minute or longer. Chase away any thought that is inappropriate (i.e., not solidary, pluralistic, multi-cultural, neutral, and tolerant).
- By derogation, if you feel you absolutely want to express your attachment with one particular group of victims, it must be with the authors of grossly indecent caricatures (e.g., by holding up a sign saying “Je suis Charlie”)
- Make sure you do all this in a safe place where no terrorist attack can reach you.
Among the behaviours that must absolutely be avoided are the following:
- Saying something meaningful and to the point, for example asking stupid questions, or starting stupid discussions, about the ideology of the terrorists, or about the presence in (and mass immigration into) Europe of groups with such an ideology.
- Praying for the victims of the attacks and their families, or inviting to such prayer.
- Even worse, praying for the conversion of the perpetrators.