Today in France is the day when we celebrate the storming of the Bastille. We are told that this is the beginning of liberty in France and of enlightened thinking throughout the world that has brought all manner of social progress.
However, what is overlooked, is the fact that the French revolution--far from being a noble pursuit of liberty, was actually a massacre of blood and gore. And what for? The revolution was nothing less than a complete social upheaval, throwing all sense, honor, and justice into the blender of murder and mayhem.
The dawn of a new modern world dominated by the secular and the profane began in France with the murder of innocents by the raging mob. Christian Europe was brought to its knees when dealt the fatal blow before the altar of reason. Human reason which was to determine both the natural and the supernatural... and eventually rationalize all and preserve only a society bent on its own destruction. The arrogance of this new religion reaches the high heavens, undoubtedly.
It is for all this and more that we should think twice about how and why we are celebrating our national holiday. We must ask ourselves whether or not Republican France is a just or honorable cause and not just whether or not there were excesses under the Ancien Regime.
Yes, the monarchy was flawed. The kings forgot they were humans like the rest of us... but... it will never justify the tragedy that followed it and launched France into civil war and instability for the next century.
A hybrid of monarchy in its truest form with a proper amount of accountability would have clearly been a much better and life preserving alternative. And it could have been accomplished much more peacefully, had not the impassioned mob of absolute democracy forced its unreasonable self upon all that was dear in its direct march to anarchy and tyranny.
Credit: Arms of France and Navarre from Wikipedia by 'sodacan' (used via Creative Commons License)