Photographer's Note

You are saying, "nothing to upload" and I am almost falling off my chair!
Thus exclaimed a fellow TrekEarther once she found out that I wouldn't post much until my broken camera had been repaired. So, somewhat piqued by her remark, I went through the folders on my hard disk and an idea quickly started to grow...
But before I could answer her that my other online publishing and my TE activities are (almost) totally unrelated, my ISP suffered some sort of serious breakdown for nearly 2 weeks.
2 weeks during which I set up this coming series, adressing topics, exploring issues, putting in perspective shots taken over the last 3 years and my interest for the present day implications of the past.
2 weeks to scribble a few words here and there, echoing what I read, see, hear and talk about.

A century ago, a law was voted on the separation of church and state in France. It was expected to put an end to a previous century of religious and political turmoil following the French revolution, Napoleon's reign, the Restoration and the trial of Alfred Dreyfus for treason (he was innocent)... and, on a more latent level, for being a Jew.

The separation of churches and state would certainly be more accurate, for all confessions of faith were concerned... even if most problems before and after the vote concerned the Catholic church.

The Republic ensures the freedom and conscience.

Above dogmas and beliefs, an unbiased state was to provide - ideally, at least - equal treatment to every citizen.
No mention of in God we trust on bank notes but, before the Euro currency, on the 100 Francs note, the bust of Marianne painted by Eugène Delacroix, symbol of liberty guiding the people during the 1830 revolution (which reminds me of an article in Time Magazine, some 20 years ago, where, missing the point, its author stigmatised the presence of this bare breasted woman as the ultimate proof of the decadent and lascivious French mentality)...
No copy of the Bible to swear on before testify in a trial or endorsing official functions... But humans taking an oath, aware of their rights, responsabilities and duties towards themselves, individually, and the society as a whole...

PS Strangely as it may seem, what will follow (and how I hope to be able to deal with it) owes a lot to my perception of the contribution of some very special people on Trekearth.
To Sasa, Jorrit and Kev, for their respective sensibilities, concerns and joys, how they watch and talk about the world around them.
Many thanks...

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Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.
Stanislaw Lem

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