Does French Culture Have a Future? | Pierre Manent

The French are exhausted, but they are first of all perplexed, lost. Things were not supposed to happen this way.

Pierre Manent

We invite catastrophe by falling for an ideological representation of the world such as the one that is ours today. We invite catastrophe by sincerely believing that the religious affiliation of a citizen has no political bearing or effect. We invite catastrophe by excluding from authorized debate on Turkey’s possible joining the European Union the fact that Turkey is a massively Muslim country. We invite catastrophe when we confuse the obligation to rescue a person who is drowning with that person’s right to become a citizen of our country. We invite catastrophe when, in the name of charity or mercy, we require old Christian nations to open their borders to all who wish to enter.

Source: Does French Culture Have a Future? | Pierre Manent

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