I’ve never done anything but dream. This, and this alone, has been the meaning of my life. My only real concern has been my inner life. FERNANDO PESSOA

Saturday, 14 July 2007

Bastille Day

Today, 14 July, is Bastille Day. The Storming of the Bastille has become known as the symbolic event which heralded The French Revolution (1789-1799). Without Rousseau and his towering work, The Social Contract, claimed Napoleon, the Revolution would not have happened. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity! William Wordsworth was captivated: Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive/But to be young was very heaven! But he soon cooled off when entered on stage Robespierre, The Reign of Terror and The Guillotine. Of course, it's easy to be wise after the event. But we never seem to learn the lessons of history. After Marx then Lenin. After Lenin then Stalin... Saint-Just said: "Nobody can rule without guilt". Take note, Nicolas Sarkozy! Gordon Brown, beware!

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