Politics in the heart – Saint-Merry

Sandra March

After the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and his immediate signing of a decree ordering “the construction of a physical wall” along the border with Mexico, I felt dizzy. In France, the reception given to migrants (hundreds of people sleeping in the street downstairs, without any dignified and perennial lodging solution proposed to them) has completely revolted me.

In this context, I felt the need to recharge myself and seek allies to think and build a world that would do us good to all.

And I found pearls. Words, or acts that have restored my faith in our ability to work together to put ourselves at the service of justice and love, as Cardinal André Vingt-Trois proposed in his homily on February 5 Inviting to become “a sign of God’s salvation”.

For example: Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg, declaring that “the world does not need walls but rather bridges”, or my neighbors are organized in turn to cook and offer meals to people living in the Street, or the reflection of Marion Muler-Colard – in The Complex of Elijah – inviting us to rediscover the heart of politics in this keen consciousness of “we” … And I remembered these words written by Carl Jaspers at Hannah Arendt in December 1945: “Those who seek together new ways must not be too few, but a few are enough to give confidence. ”

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Politics in the heart – Saint-Merry

After the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency and his immediate signing of a decree ordering “the construction of a physical wall” along the border with Mexico, I felt dizzy. In France, the reception given to migrants (hundreds of people sleeping in the street downstairs, without any dignified and perennial lodging solution proposed to them) has completely revolted me.In this context, I felt the need to recharge myself and seek allies to think and build a world that would do us good to all.And I found pearls. Words, or acts that have restored my faith in our ability to work together to put ourselves at the service of justice and love, as Cardinal André Vingt-Trois proposed in his homily on February 5 Inviting to become “a sign of God’s salvation” [ . . . ]

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Fear and hope

Henry Moore (1898-1986), Refugees, Tyssen Museum, Madrid, detail

Are the two verbs opposed? Given the enormous challenges the world has to face (among other things: the announced death of the planet, the vast migratory movement that is still in its infancy, the destructive identity withdrawal, the new poverty engendered by a type of globalization ), Fear can make us flee, incite us to melt into the mass, to wait and, above all, not to take responsibility. But it can also provoke the opposite. We mobilize, oblige us to understand and analyze the issues, roll up our sleeves and take our responsibilities. More than ever, we are at the juncture between two worlds, the old and the new: there is an urgent need for a return to politics.
Christmas announces peace; It is to be constructed. By refusing that events decide for us, that others think for us. By creating opportunities for reflection, listening to others, questioning, exchanging at the risk of dispute, but benefiting from learning from them and moving forward together, deciding what is to come and living Of hope.
Daniel Duigou / Saint Merry

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Whoo-ee! Ride me high

Le chien

I’ve been a fan of Francis Cabrel’s since first hearing Édition Spéciale‘ performed by Cabrel (with hilarious accompaniment from Albert Brooks) in the 1987 film “Broadcast News.”

Here’s a video I pieced together featuring Cabrel’s excellent French cover of Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” Pictured are Linda and I at the 70 AD Roman amphitheatre in Nîmes where we saw Cabrel in concert on 7/22/2016.

Also, there’s lovely Linda kayaking in  Ilse Sur La Sorgue, and dancing in a bike taxi while being pedalled through Paris.

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