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As far as everybody was concerned, Theodore Merlin's stomachache was a case of minor ailment, an indigestion, a bloated stomach, after having savored two mangoes out of three received as gifts from his first cousin. For the patient, his days were numbered. He had an intuition: he strongly believed that he had been inoculated with the most potent poison in the world, under the cover of voodoo. He was right. However, before dying, he made his closed friend and cousin-in-law, a lawyer, swear to avenge his death within the boundaries of laws.
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Yes, that day, Marie-Jo showed me the crucial difference between a man aiming at surpassing himself and someone like Marc Diderot. To wallow in crime and vileness, we don't need any help from human intelligence. a small mind may do well under theses circumstances. i wondered if Marc Diderot carried the germ of evil in his genes and chromosomes or if, over the years, he had deliberately chosen the path of crime, hard-heatedness and deceit.
I caught myself blaming society for granting importance to a vermin like that man. As a matter of fact, he enjoyed more consideration than an honest but poor man. He had access to the higher echelons of government, while a good, educated and honest but penniless man is often hit by social ostracism. Should I repeat with Immanuel Kant, "There must be another world", a world harboring good manners, abnegation, charity, love; a world in which lovers of values are rewarded.
Traditions are types of behavior which belong to the past, which are kept and actualized by us regardless. And to maintain them alive, we msut impose them through violence, persuasion and all kinds of insidious ways. Why? We belong to the present, and our traditions thrust their roots to the depths of past. We have immediate and actual needs; traditions respond to outmoded needs.
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