This afternoon, I went to distribute the flyers (here in French) at Place de Clichy in Paris between about 16:45 and 19:00 … I discussed the initiative with a nice lady from African origin … When I explained our cause to her she reacted saying that France may not be happy with it ! But I told her that we were militating as well to change mentalities about these issues, after all, France and the French language are not the same thing … besides, the French language is not in danger, it is studied throughout the world by people who love it and want to learn more about France and the French culture … There is no need to impose it on whole countries ! The persons who chose to learn it will be more motivated to use it than those on whom it was imposed … Finally, a language is only a means of communication !
There is no glory in forcing people to speak a language … Real greatness and real success, for nations, come, in my opinion, from the contributions of that nation to the progress of humankind in all fields; science, morality, governance, sport, art, literature … etc. Tyranny, oppression, crushing other people and enslaving them are the opposite of greatness … They are barbarity and smallness of justice, of freedom, of vision, of democracy, of values … etc !
Japan, modern Germany, Scandinavian countries or Canada for example, never invaded nor enslaved anybody, although they are among the most successful countries on the planet. The Japanese culture in particular has known an explosive growth making it the second larger exporter of cultural goods in the world. Furthermore, if you compare Portugal which did “colonize” other territories to countries like Sweden or Austria, which did not, you will find that the latters are more successful on several levels (economical, human development …). As for influence, small countries like Belgium or Switzerland or even developing countries have proved they can have lasting influence like Egypt for the non aligned countries or Brazil with the social forum and as a “leader” in the developing world … And, most importantly, the more countries are successful, the more they gain a natural sphere of influence … After all, America did never colonize anybody, although it is the leading country in the world !
Tomorrow, our cause continues ...