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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

A Family Matter/ Une Affaire de Famille

The text below is the result of an email conversation between my mom, who lives in France, and I regarding the dark past of that country.

You are right, all government have “some” skeletons in their closets, what enrages me is that in France, there is this sort of conspiracy between the media, the political world (all sides), the judicial world, the “intellectuals” and other VIP’s to ignore everything about it. In short, it is NEVER discussed in France, not in the movies, not on TV, not on the radio, barely in the newspaper that about 5% of the masses (if that) ever read and ABOVE ALL, not in school. Only some writers dare mention it, risking to be chastised by the media by the media and the intelligentsia. Whereas in the other “civilized” countries (especially in the Anglo-Saxon ones) these things are out in the open, the subject of many documentaries, books, scholarly papers, movies, are part of university syllabuses etc. etc. It’s a little like religion, exploring all the facets of the matter serves as a sort of penance and catharsis, however, in France the mere existence of its dark actions is denied, this results in a fanaticized populace without even knowing what for and without any understanding of where they are coming from. This allows France to cast itself as the great lecture giver without the French finding anything troubling about it. I think that all this is at the root of the sinister atmosphere and apathy, which plagues French society. No one believes in anything anymore, since everything that is fed to the masses daily is based on hypocrisy, lies and the self interest of the governants and politically powerful who play with the people like with puppets. That fantasy life orchestrated for the profit of the politicians and their cronies, has dulled the society’s perception of reality and put out any desire to live and progress. Mitterand was the maestro for a long time, now his system has been institutionalized, by his faithful disciple Chirac. As it is, the significant these two governed together made them very much alike. Playing the puppet, turns you into one, unable to move, to think or speak without the puppeteer.

This is what is serious…

>
> Tu as raison, tous les gouvernements trainent "des"
> casseroles, mais ce qui m'ennerve en France, c'est
> qu'il y a comme une certaine conspiration entre les
> medias, le monde politique (de tout bords), le monde
> juridique les "intellectuels" et autres personalites
> pour ignorer tout cela. En bref, on en parle JAMAIS
> en France, ni dans les films, ni a la tele, ni a la
> radio a peine dans les journaux qu'environs 5% (et
> encore) de la populace lit et SURTOUT PAS a l'ecole.
> Seuls quelques auteurs osent en parler, au risque
> d'etre degommes (surtout figurativement) par les
> medias et les Zintellectuels. Tandis que dans les
> autres pays dits civilises (Surtout anglo-saxons) ces
> choses-la ne se cachent pas, font l'objet
> d'innombrables reportages, livres, sujets d'etude,
> sujets de films, sont au programme dans les
> universites etc etc. C'est un peu comme la religion,
> explorer le sujet sous tous les angles sert de
> repentiment et de catharsis, mais en France, on ne
> reconnait meme pas les faits, ce qui donne une
> populace qui se fanatise sans savoir pourquoi et sans
> meme comprendre d'ou ils viennent. Cela permet a la
> France de se prendre pour une grande donneuse de
> lecons, sans que son peuple n'y voit rien de
> troublant. Je pense que tout cela est a la source de
> la sinistrose et de l'apathie qui sclerose la societe
> francaise. On ne croit plus a rien, car tout ce qui
> est donne a gaver aux francais au jour le jour est
> base sur l'hypocrisie, la faussete et les interets
> particuliers des dirigeants et puissants politiques
> qui jouent avec le peuple comme des marionettes.
> Cette vie dans une fantaisie orchestree pour le
> benefice de la classe politique et leurs accolytes
> finit par emousser la perception de la realite et
> etein le desir de vivre et progresser. Mitterand a
> longtemps ete chef d'orchestre, maintenant son systeme
> s'est intitutionalise, avec son fidele disciple,
> Chirac. Comme quoi, a force de cohabiter, on finit par
> se ressembler. A force de jouer les marionettes, on en
> devient une, qui ne peut pas ni boujer, ni penser, ni
> parler sans le marionettiste.
>
> C'est ca qui est grave...

6 Comments:

At 4:41 PM, Blogger ashamed-frenchman said...

Ravi de découvrir votre blog... Actuellement je fais tout ce que je peux pour quitter cette dictature molle qu'est la France (en passe de devenir une dictature tout court, ce n'est qu'une question de temps) pour rejoindre avec ma petite chérie the land of the free and the home of the braves!

God bless America!

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger Solomon2 said...

French thinking is dead at the French-American forum:

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At 3:38 PM, Blogger Doug said...

This allows France to cast itself as the great lecture giver without the French finding anything troubling about it. I think that all this is at the root of the sinister atmosphere and apathy, which plagues French society. No one believes in anything anymore, since everything that is fed to the masses daily is based on hypocrisy, lies and the self interest of the governants and politically powerful who play with the people like with puppets. That fantasy life orchestrated for the profit of the politicians and their cronies, has dulled the society’s perception of reality and put out any desire to live and progress.I've never seen it better summarized. Kudos to whichever of you wrote that.

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger Jabba the Tutt said...

From reading your mother's comments, I can see where you get your common sense and courage to tell the truth. Kudos!

 
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