Many of the French people simply cannot comprehend why people from many other nations deem them to be irrelevant, when the subject of their nation and culture comes up in a conversation.
Even when the head of the IMF and a potential candidate for the French Presidency gets arrested for rape of a hotel chambermaid, 60% of the population surveyed stated they believe the man was set up. In their mind, it was some contrived plot to keep any serious contender in the Socialist Party from having a chance to beat Sarkozy in the next election. These are likely the same people who think that Americans are paranoid and irrational when it comes to the guarded attitude we have been forced to adopt, after the attacks of 9/11.
If that isn’t enough to make you want to roll your eyes, here’s another little piece of irony courtesy of the French media. (Courtesy of No Pasaran)
From the Le Monde article they quote:
“Connaissez-vous Ayn Rand ? Votre serviteur, jusqu’à récemment, n’en avait jamais entendu parler.”
I don’t speak French but the Google Translator translates:
“Do you know Ayn Rand? Your servant, until recently, had never heard of.”
Then, after a couple of days reading up on Rand, the writer of the hit job goes on to slam Ayn Rand based on a Slate article. Here is the part of that article quoted by this faux journaliste:
“An always informed friend indicated to us an impressing article of the Scot Johann Hari, published on the American site Slate on November 2, 2009. Its title: “The perverse charm of a disturbed woman, or how Ayn Rand became an American icon”. The outrageous heading had been thought. Made checks, it is undoubtedly in on this side reality.”
Now, one can debate Rand on the basis of her philosophy if they wish, but it always helps to have some knowledge of that which you wish to refute, long before you stick your neck out and pretend to be an authority. Certainly it would be better to do some independent research on more than one thing before they feel they know something. That is the trouble with many French people, these days. They think they know everything about everything once they read a book or an article, especially when it supports what they already believe.
Not all are this way of course. But consider the fact that the majority of French citizens have been made to listen to more than a generation of revisionist history and cultural brainwashing. Many do not believe they would be speaking German today, had it not been for America and the other allies. Many believe that their culture is far superior to all others.
Some (one of them even used to comment on PYY) have even had the audacity to claim that America had no history before the Europeans came to the New World. If we are to believe this kind of foolish drivel, this means American Indian nations had no customs, no social mores, no values, no ethics, until the white man from Europe came and settled according to their ways and customs.
If only they would stop and use the art of self-reflection for a moment,…then and only then, would they be able to come to a basic understanding of why people laugh at them and mock them so much. Just like this idiot who writes for Le Monde, they write their own joke material every time that get an opportunity. They create this international scorn all by themselves.
They will brag about how their country is the #1 tourist destination in the world, but that is only because they have sights that people want to see. It’s not the warmth and friendliness of the locals. They are the butt of jokes because of their hypocrisy and arrogance, and that’s why many people vow they will not return. It’s why I won’t ever go back.