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NAPOLEON THE YOUNG VISIONARY

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  • Howard Njeck
                                             NAPOLEON THE YOUNG VISIONARY   The young visionary about to enter the political landscape of
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                                               NAPOLEON THE YOUNG VISIONARY

       

      The young
      visionary about to enter the political landscape of the kingdom of France, It was a match of a young visionary,
      matching toward a new paradigm of disordering the Directory.

       

      On the eve of
      a revolution he writes “Man is born for
      happiness but where kings are sovereign there are no men; only the oppressing
      slaves more base than the slave that is oppressed. Therefore every one must
      resist oppression, the French had done so. They have won liberty after twenty months
      of struggle and the most violent stock”   

       

      He continued “after centuries of French brutalized by
      king and their ministries, by nobles and their prejudice, by priest and their
      impostures. France
      had suddenly awaken and marked out the right of man”.

       

      The essay was
      a revelation of revolutionary sentiments.

       

      Napoleon extols liberty and equality, when he
      writes “Without strength and energy
      there is neither virtue nor happiness”.

       

      Napoleon
      belief that there is no sympathy for tyrant, but no pity either for those who
      accept tyranny, that all the tyrants will doubtlessly go to hell and their
      slaves will too after the crime of oppressing a Nation.

       

      These were the
      words of a young man who will be the admiration and envy of his generation.

       

      He so strongly
      belief that men of genius were metros destine to burn to illuminate their age.

       

      His childhood
      dream was to liberate the people of Corsica
      his birth place, but the struggle to dethrone the monarchy in France awaken him to understand that the whole
      people of France were also living under oppression.

       

       

      Napoleon was
      not only an instigator of events but also a proponent of events, he read Machiavellian,
      Rousseau etc, he so strongly belief that “action
      was a form of climbing the lather of destiny”.  

       

       

      As France was tearing apart he writes “Truth has little appeal in a corrupt
      court”, but now the scene has change so one’s conduct must change as well. If we
      lose this opportunity we are slaves for ever.

       

      Napoleon is now like a muzzle of cannon
      that is filled with powder, the charge in the books he reads, the notes he
      takes, the stories he writes, the reflections on the actions of the monarchy
      composes in a fever.

      He himself dose not know when the fuse
      will be lit, but he kept filling his head with knowledge and virtues ideas in a
      prodigious effort to concentrate both his energy and strength.

       

      He was always inspired
      by Cuibort General Essay on tactics which reads “A man will arise perhaps from obscurity and the crowd, a man who will
      not have a name for him self. Either by his speeches or his writings, a man who
      will have meditated in silence, this man will seize possession of opinion, circumstance
      and fortune”

       

      It was as if
      this essay was written directly to him, a
      young man who will be transported by his imagination to seize control of not
      only a nation but an empire.

       

      To demonstrate
      the strength of his character he writes “Duty
      force me to praise men whom virtue bids me hate” as he was serving the king of
      France as an artillery Lieutenant soldier, the same king who had champion the
      occupation of his homeland of Corsica.

        

      Napoleon
      writings were nothing but the direct invention of his mind, at some point he
      was tempted to question his believes base on public

      Opinion, but
      he will quickly comes to term with him self “hasn’t he been misunderstood and mocked like Jean Jacque Rousseau”,
      realizing that the current of public opinion is always corrupt.  With the understanding that he will always accept
      the sufferings that destiny had impose on him but sorrow was a personal matter.


       

      On the father’s
      death bed he cried out “kings would
      tremble before Napoleon’s sword, that his son would change the face of the
      world” Napoleon did just that.

       

      None of this
      young soldier’s actions were aimed at winning public admiration or approval,
      like the case of most Cameroonians whom I consider often as bandits who are suffering
      from the sins of pride and prejudice.   

       

       

       

       

      The young
      Napoleon grows up to endure the pain of defeat suffered by his people; the
      people of Corsica his home land.

       

      As the young
      man emerges from his dream and set about organizing his future, the most
      admirable thing about Napoleon was that he was acting on conviction not orthodox
      certifications, he so strongly belief that classic education was not going to
      be the terminal of inventing him self but a reading adventure.

       

      What can we
      the “stormy time generation” learns from this young visionary after witnessing
      the failures of the quiet past generation? 
       Neo-colonialism is based upon the principle of breaking up former large united colonial territories into a number of small non-viable States which are incapable of independent development and must rely upon the former imperial power for defence and even internal security. Their economic and financial systems are linked, as in colonial days, with those of the former colonial ruler." Nkruma    “Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills --against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed
      that all men are created equal. ‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes,‘and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all.”— Robert F. Kennedy







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