Sagesse de Notre-Dame

Ce soir-là, François Cheng fut pour nous le Sage qui, dans l’assemblée respectueuse que porte un sentiment commun, reçoit la parole qu’on lui rend et, tout en mots et en silence exacts, donne enfin voix à ce qui est : voix de la grande mémoire, de la grande émotion, de la grande unité.

Notre-Dame et Victor Hugo, banalisés depuis toujours, nous les connaissions trop et c’est pourquoi, ce soir-là, nous errions dans les espaces inusuels du mythe et de la haute poétique.

Bénie soit la France qui a su accueillir en son sein ce sage d’un autre monde et faire place à François Cheng, ce vieil érudit chinois, pour qu’il nous dise ce qui, dans l’ordinaire des vies intéressées, nous dépasse et nous manque.N.B. Le nom d’auteur de François Cheng en chinois, Chéng Bàoyī  : 程抱一 signifie « Qui embrasse l’Unité ».

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The Great Fire of Notre-Dame

My wife and I are quite surprised to see how moving is such an event for us.

The tender memories we have inside and around Notre-Dame are not enough to explain that emotion. More than personal,  it’s a collective one, shared by Parisian, French, Christian, European, Occidental people. We have received mails from all over the world.

It has to do with the historical and the symbolic charge of such a monument but also to the fact that, from everywhere in the world everyone saw the spectacular burning of a “common house“.

A common house was burning yesterday night, as an evocation of all the destroyed common houses, including the recent killing spree in New Zealand Christchurch’s mosques.

Happily it was an accident that caused this 4/15 catastrophe, not a combination of wills to destroy as in 9/11, that open door to hell, but there is a common factor between the two catastrophes: Notre-Dame de Paris has been ruined by a miscalculated maintenance program. I believe we will soon discover how they foolishly spared money on some security measures.

The great fire of Notre-Dame will not trigger a war.
I would like it to trigger more shared concern for the Commons.

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