Elysian fields

Paths to freedom 1 © Patrick Pascal

          The “fields of happiness”, sung by Homer in the Odyssey and Virgil in the Aeneid, are the home of those who have the favor of gods and enjoy eternal life: « everywhere you can feel the zephyrs whose whistling breezes rise from the ocean to give freshness to human beings“.

But the Elysian fields are also bordered by the Lethe, the river of hell which is also the river of oblivion. 

The Lethe is watering today Ukraine. It must be at the heart of our concerns because our civilization depends on it, essentially our freedom.

How can we imagine that any internal problem is not conditioned by the outcome of the fundamental battle that takes place there? the right to ensure our security without which nothing is possible, mutual respect in a peaceful environment, the development of our societies, the conditions of our daily life in all its aspects, will depend on it.

The meaning of our collective projects must be at the heart of our reflections at a time when the existence of the nation, its defence and its contribution to the well-being of other great ensembles can only flourish within a European framework. Elysee is also mentioned in the Ode to Joy, the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which is also the official anthem of the European Union.

We are therefore at an election distance from the Elysian fields. We will have to choose our horizon. It cannot be reduced to a retreat into ourselves but should offers vast perspectives. The Elysian fields are also paths to freedom.

 

The "fields of happiness", sung by Homer in the Odyssey and Virgil in the Aeneid, are the home of those who have the favor of gods and enjoy eternal life: « everywhere you can feel the zephyrs whose whistling breezes rise from the ocean to give freshness to human beings" (...)
Paths to freedom 2 © Patrick Pascal

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