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!