Biloxi Lighthouse copyright by Elaine Marie Austin.
Dodging cars like a nervous pedestrian, the historic Biloxi Lighthouse stands beside a busy highway.
Lighthouses adorn postcards and remind us of peaceful days gone by. We always like to fool ourselves that the past was better than the present. Some people even try to make social movements out of the past.
If we are honest with ourselves we would remember that the past was fraught with struggles. The Biloxi Lighthouse in Mississippi has withstood the Civil War, Civil Rights protests and hurricane Katrina. I was reminded of this landmark when thinking about the attacks in Paris.
Struggles either bring out the best in us or the worst in us. This lighthouse in spite of the perils it faced survives on a busy roadway. Life changes and we must adapt to the harsh realities facing us and not look back for perceived safer days.
La Tour Eiffel, Paris
Art can unite us. After the recent attacks in Paris, countries around the world lit up their landmarks with France’s national colors to display solidarity with the French people.
Terrorists hate unity. Hitler sought division and invaded France. Hitler like the terrorists committed suicide. After his demise, the monuments of France stood still. The bells of Notre Dame speak while the corpses of the fallen terrorists are silent.
Art has always been the heart of Paris. Terrorists used a satirical drawing as an excuse to strike the heart of Paris and slaughter innocent people.
The pen is mightier than the sword. The drawing remains intact while the terrorist fighting against it in Paris have perished.
Art outlives dictators and terrorists. Even now decayed ruins speak in Rome and Greece. Art is the foundation of culture.
Terrorists and madmen seem to be at war with art. They know the power of art. Destroying monuments are their futile attempts to rewrite history.
Viva La France!