The metaphysics of politics

I found Christine Lagard’s letter to N. Sarkozy (published last week) as weird as the next guy but as I was sitting in the church today listening to the choir where my daughter sings it occurred to me that Lagard’s writing had something metaphysical about it. Below is the letter lifted from here:

Dear Nicolas,

very briefly and respectfully,

1) I am by your side to serve you and serve your plans for France.
2) I tried my best and might have failed occasionally. I implore your forgiveness.
3) I have no personal political ambitions and I have no desire to become a servile status seeker, like many of the people around you whose loyalty is recent and short-lived.
4) Use me for as long as it suits you and suits your plans and casting call.
5) If you decide to use me, I need you as a guide and a supporter: without a guide, I may be ineffective and without your support I may lack credibility.

With my great admiration,

Christine L.

If you are a healthy adult citizen of a democratic society the letter strikes you as messianic and submissive in a disturbing way. Here are some Psalms from the Bible that I was reminded of by Lagard’s writing (lifter from here):

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;
may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143:10)

In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,  for I am your servant. (Psalm 132:12)

Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you. (Psalm 41:4)

There is a number of other things disturbingly similar to a prayer to a higher being. If you are indeed disturbed by the similarity you are not alone…

 

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