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THE GIFT OF FRANCE
What is the contribution of France to the soul of Europe ? You think first
: his logic,
clear, rationalist propencity ... Since the philosopher René Descartes,
that all french people are cartesians, with classifications and the five
method. But Descartes had fear of French people and wrote all his books in
Neverless, this conducts in 18th century to the philosophy of Lights with
and the Encyclopedia which prepared the Declaration of Rights of man and
revolution. The danger is the desire to impose the Right of man, with the
Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood, to all Europe, even if they did not ask
But this is only our left hemisphere, our rationalist and masculine side.
And, for me, our real gift is in our right hemisphere, our feminine and
face : the invention of Love. And by this we are better european, because
is in the middle between North and South, so it has the office of a bridge.
to Europe is the invention of Love by the Ladies of Occitany, in the twelfth
centuries. It began in South of France, in the towns close Mediterranean
? Perhaps for three reasons : 1. The traces of Roman empire, which allow
than the feudal North, specialy for women. 2. The great influence of arabic
then the most advanced in the world, with its literary cult of women and
of loving the Distant Princess. 3. More importantly, Occitany was the Land
of Cathars. As they had a higher idea of love, the Cathars contributed to
the liberation of
women, and success it with famous cathars women like Mary of Montpellier
So, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, when the Lords were at war,
were inventing Courts of Love in their castels, where they discussed about
singing it with troubadors and trouveres. Contrary to the rough manners that
'd been accustomed to, the Ladies sought courtship and wished that their
hearts be conquered
before their bodies. To obtain the Fair one's graces, the suitor had to pass
And one of the first of them was Alienor of Aquitain, first european Lady,
she was Queen of France in 1137 and after Queen of great-Britain in 1154
II and was the mother of Richard Heart of Lion .
Immediatly, this invention of Pure Love (Fin' Amor)
greatly influenced all the countries of Europe : Spain and Portugal at first,
with its Dolce Stil nuovo
, and German love (Die Minne
) which was sung by all the Minnesänger
And even this is the beginning of the european Transpersonal. Because South
remains always in human love, and to reach divine love, it needs to cross
till farthest north. In this regions of Flanders (North of France, Belgium,
Netherlands and close Germany) many women, living alone, the Beguines elevated
to divine and mystical heights. They have written precious books on love,
Porette in France, Beatrice of Nazareth in Germany or Hadewijch of Anvers
in Belgium. This last has also given a wonderful collection of poems, beautifully
entitled Love is all.
So true ! and wath nice program.
As we discovered recently, their analysis of love would later be reemployed
by Master Eckhart and all his followers of the Rhenish school. Master Eckhart,
european, who conquered the title of Master in Paris and worked after in
Strasbourg, Germany and Bohemia. So he has given to Europe the first expression
and perhaps the finest.
Thus, comes an important contribution to the soul of Europe, that we have
yet to build
all together here and now, according to this words of Hadewijch : " He who
out of the paths of love, is more lamentable than a cadaver".