NAPOLEON THE YOUNG VISIONARY
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
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”.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
writings were nothing but the direct invention of his mind, at some point he
was tempted to question his believes base on public
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.
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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