Tintin and the Moral World of Hergé

This column was published on June 4, 2007 on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality forum.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 was a day that came and went without too much incident nearly two weeks ago. This much I remember: I took my son to work with me so that my wife could recover from a minor bit of outpatient surgery and I had a relatively productive day despite the fact that my son is just a month shy of his second birthday and likes to climb bookshelves.

I wish I had known that May 22 of this year was the centennial anniversary of the author who, more than any other, has shaped my moral character.

Georges Remi, the son of a children’s clothier, was born a hundred years ago in Belgium. He began his literary career working for a fascist magazine where, under the nom de plume Hergé, he introduced the world to my childhood hero—OK, I should be honest here: he’s still my hero—Tintin. Continue reading