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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Bastille Day! Vive La France! Vive la Grece!


Shouting the words Liberté, égalité, fraternité, the people of France 221 years ago today, in 1789, stormed the Bastille, Paris' fortress-prison, a movement which was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation...an uprising against the arrogance and corruption endemic in the  Monarchy, Aristocracy and the ruling classes of France. 

The French Revolution (1789-1793) along with the American  Revolution which preceeded it (1775-1783), inspired and showed the way for the Greek Revolution in 1821...

Read the words, listen to the music and watch the video of the Marseillaise, France's National Anthem... it may well inspire us, the people who live in and love Greece, to rise against the arrogance of those who are supposed to lead by example, against the cronyism, against the bribery and the corruption which has brought our proud and beautiful Greece to the brink of economic and moral bankruptcy. 

If each and every one of us rebels in our own way, not violently but quietly and effectively in our everyday lives then it is not a lost cause! 

If we can take those three words, Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood  and apply them to our everyday living, then we have every chance of success!

Vive la Revolution!  
La Marseillaise
Allons enfants de la Patrie

Le jour de gloire est arrivé

Contre nous de la tyrannie
 ...L'étendard sanglant est levé,
...L'étendard sanglant est levé
Entendez vous dans les campagnes

Mugir ces féroces soldats

Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras,

égorger vos fils, vos compagnes

Aux armes citoyens! Formez vos bataillons!

Marchons, marchons,

Qu'un sang impur abreuve nos sillons.'

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