Opinion: (John Lichfield on Stéphane Hessel’s book Indignez-vous!): “Mr Hessel’s slim volume – very slim – called Indignez-vous! (‘Protest!’ or ‘Cry out!’) is a publishing and social phenomenon across the Channel. More than 600,000 copies have been sold since October. The ‘book’, 19 rambling pages…, has been chosen by the readers of Le Monde as the publishing event of 2010.….
“Indignez-vous! urges young people to emulate the wartime spirit of resistance to the Nazis by rejecting the ‘insolent, selfish’ power of money and markets and by defending the social ‘values of modern democracy’….
“We know that the growth-led model for economic and political success threatens to destroy the planet. At the same time, we cannot seriously imagine any other model….
“The runaway success of his book suggests that there is a vast, potential followership (and not just in France) for a new political Messiah of the centre-left: someone who could articulate the anger and frustration of the middle classes (the new ‘masses’) and offer a convincing, democratic way through the sinister muddle of the early 21st century.”
My Comment: Unfortunately, no one says (understands) that the “the fulcrum to move the earth” is in man himself, in his change. Having changed, a person will change the world around him or her. As throughout history, man changed and by learning the laws of nature, changed the world, so now, he should first change himself, understand nature more deeply, and only after that, change the world around him.