What I love about the French is that when one of their politicians gets a bad idea, the country is up in arms. Unlike the U.S., where we pretend their are two sides to a story, everybody gets a say and life's rich pageant becomes clear.
As reported in the New York Times, new French leader Nicholas Sarkozy wants every French fifth grader to do a report on some ten year old French child who died in The Holocaust. It's important history, right? What could be the debate?
Some Holocaust survivors think it is too much trauma to visit on ten year olds. Some historians think it focuses too much on the Nazis and their victims and ignores the culpability of the Vichy government. Some think it perpetuates the view of The Holocaust as a Jewish tragedy instead of a human tragedy, ignoring the plight of the Gypsies and others. Others see it as a way to sneak religion into the field of government, which is viewed very dimly in Europe. Let me take this quote from the Times piece.
Other analysts blamed the confessional approach of the United States for infecting Mr. Sarkozy’s thinking. “Listen, it’s in the air of the times,” said Régis Debray, the philosopher and author, on France Inter radio Friday. “There is a religious sentimentality, a pretty vague religiousness, let’s say, in the world of show business, in the world of business, that comes from America. It’s the neoconservative wave of the born-agains.”
Look at that. On the radio in France, they have philosophers!
In the U.S., we have the morning zoo. We have guys who became multi-millionaires lying through their teeth about politicians they don't like or hoping that San Francisco gets blown up or interviewing strippers. Interviewing strippers on the radio?!?! Where's the entertainment in that? It's like how my dad used to complain about ventriloquists on the radio when he was a lad.
The French put philosophers on the radio. And for that, yes, I love the French.
Of course, I love the French more when they look like this, but I am a heterosexual male, and therefore completely at the mercy of my hormones in a situation such as this.
It really can't be helped.
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