Moral barometer

Greek author Evgenios Trivizas once said that it is within imagination that the most daring journeys begin.

As the main ingredient of any idea, imagination is then primordial to manifest the realms of our thoughts; one could say that it is the impetus of expression.

Earlier in the week, I was coincidentally reminded of Trivizas and his approach to storytelling.

Perhaps one of the most compelling elements of his work is his capacity to convey his limitless imagination to readers, only to propel one to build in it even further.

The past couple of weeks have also seen me contemplate the notion of freedom of expression. Mostly, I’ve been trying to come up with a concrete answer to the following: “Where is the limit to freedom of expression?”

And I somehow have the urge to place imagination as a barometer within my answer, perhaps because precisely, if imagination instigates the beginning of the most daring journeys, freedom of expression equally shares the responsibility of embarking on any journey.

The recent visit of Plantu (a renowned French cartoonist) to the island placed immense importance on educating people to truly understand images in an attempt to put an end to the intolerance of freedom of expression.

Eventually I was convinced that being impertinent is just another means of conveying one’s imagination.

In essence, there is no valid barometer that can be used to define any limit to freedom of expression.

Think about it: is there really such a thing as a moral imagination?

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