Thursday, July 19, 2012

Carlos Latuff: The Andrew Lloyd Weber of Cartoonists

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Zarathustra, as I happen to be a Palestinian I cannot but love my people (who happen to be Syrian) and hate the soulless Syrian regime. I support the people’s revolution, even though I think we need to be weary of some of the elements within that revolution as well as of some of those who say they support it. This can be a necessarily good thing. Carlos at times is perhaps too suspicious, but that’s he’s opinion, which we don’t have to accept. We can disagree without the personal attacks. If Carlos were not a good cartoonist—an artist who honestly represents what he believes in—you would not have posted and took issue with his cartoons. Some of his cartoons make me uncomfortable, but that’s what true friendship is supposed to do. I’m not a big fan of C. S. Lewis, but I always thought there is something to what he says here: “Those who cannot conceive Friendship as a substantive love but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a Friend. The rest of us know that though we can have erotic love and friendship for the same person yet in some ways nothing is less like a Friendship than a love-affair. Lovers are always talking to one another about their love; Friends hardly ever about their Friendship. Lovers are normally face to face, absorbed in each other; Friends, side by side, absorbed in some common interest. Above all, Eros (while it lasts) is necessarily between two only. But two, far from being the necessary number for Friendship, is not even the best. And the reason for this is important.... In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets... Hence true Friendship is the least jealous of loves. Two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth, if only the newcomer is qualified to become a real friend. They can then say, as the blessed souls say in Dante, "Here comes one who will augment our loves." For in this love "to divide is not to take away.”

Abu Zuhair