- Vive La Revolution
"Perhaps the most concise summary of the outlook of the main-stream politician of the early twenty-first century was given by Tony Blair, when an interviewer asked him what he dreamed about. His reply was, ‘These days I don’t have much time for sleep, let alone dreams.’ As if it’s a matter of pride to be unable to dream…
The French Revolution shaped millions of minds into looking in the opposite direction. It created a world of boundless possibilities. It allowed millions of people to see all matters, whether personal, political, grand or minute, as connected and depending on each other; it allowed every concept to be open to question. The imagination could rule, and the full potential of human creativity was unleashed. The French Revolution created that sense across continents, across the world of slavery and into every corner that could receive the news.
It asks the question of anyone who comes across it - ‘What will you do to combat the slave-owners, the gabelle officers, the Dukes of Brunswick of your own time? You can let history pass you by, or find the Drouet or Desmoulins that’s in all of us.
The French Revolution was the polar opposite of a society ruled by those who have forgotten how to dream.”
Louis XVII.! let us see. For whom do you mourn? is it for the innocent child? very good; in that case I mourn with you. Is it for the royal child? I demand time for reflection. To me, the brother of Cartouche, an innocent child who was hung up by the armpits in the Place de Greve, until death ensued, for the sole crime of having been the brother of Cartouche, is no less painful than the grandson of Louis XV., an innocent child, martyred in the tower of the Temple, for the sole crime of having been grandson of Louis XV…Let us come to an understanding. Shall we weep for all the innocent, all martyrs, all children, the lowly as well as the exalted? I agree to that. But in that case, as I have told you, we must go back further than ‘93, and our tears must begin before Louis XVII. I will weep with you over the children of kings, provided that you will weep with me over the children of the people.”
"I weep for all," said the Bishop.
"Equally!" exclaimed conventionary G——; "and if the balance must incline, let it be on the side of the people. They have been suffering longer.""
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
And okay, I think I’ve said all I want to say about that for now