How many times have we heard it now…the old discours about how Anglo-imperialists and their ilk like keep the little Francophone down and deprive him/her of the chance to flourish and rise?
Curious enough, we’re still hearing it in 2015.
Know what’s even more curious?
It’s when a Francophone does rise from the doldrums of obscurity like a phoenix and dominates in a market, only for the same weak-minded defeatists who claim Francophones are oppressed and marginalized to come out in hordes to piss all over the self-generated success of one of their own.
“OK…what is all this about?” you might be wondering.
By now, you’re well aware that he cashed out his chips with Cirque du Soleil.
Now that he’s made his billions (yes, the mystical “B” word), been to outer space and pumped insane amounts of cash into charity, he’s decided to buy himself a tropical island.
While you check out the pics in that article, be sure to scroll a little lower and check out some (read: MANY) of the comments.
If you detect disgust and anger in my tone, you’re not mistaken. Before this point last year, a huge swath of Quebec’s population detested PKP.
Today of course, those who identify with the separatist movement, have been able to conveniently suppress their convictions and cheer on the son of inherited wealth as he pounds the air with promises of money trees and French-speaking unicorns.
Yet, when it comes to a self-made man who’s created thousands of jobs for both his fellow Quebecois and thousands more around the world, it’s hate-city all the way.
How dare this self-made man sell off his (own) Quebec-based creation…to an American consortium?
How dare he take the wealth he generated and use it to buy an island?
The Conditional Acceptance of Wealth
Haters are easily some of the lowest life forms littering this planet.
He or she who aims for the bottom of the bucket and utter despises anyone who dares aim for the moon is the reprobate that drags societies downward.
They have no sense of self.
In having no sense of self, they have no individual purpose.
With this lack of individual purpose comes a lack of individual value.
This is why they identify so intensely with the nationalist movement.
Nationalism is that great eraser that removes all those pesky individual deficiencies people loathe in themselves and washes it over a veneer bland, indistinguishable collectivism.
When they spot a fellow like who clearly recognized his own self-worth and manifested outward to create a massive dream-come-true, they despise player who won the game they spend their entire lives losing at.
An exception to success-hate can be made for PKP because he’s presently using his (inherited) wealth to promote the sovereignist movement, a movement which includes THEM.
Cheering Laliberté on is in some ways a form of redemption for these wayward souls. They would be rooting for the little guy who showed you that quality of life doesn’t mean waiting for a political party to make things happen for you.
Laliberté never needed to implicate himself in politics to create a sovereign country.
His circus is an economy in and of itself. Within this self-contained economy there was everything one could want in a society, jobs/opportunities, an abundant art scene, and a celebration of joie de vivre.
The War That Defeated Itself
You want to know why separation truly will never be achieved?
Simply because of this low-rent hater line of thinking prevents them from taking a position.
They can’t stand being oppressed (even though said oppression exists exclusively in their minds), yet when someone ignores the obstacles and challenges that stands in their way and triumphs, they feel that the only way this accomplishment came to pass was by way of nefarious back-door dealings.
Oppression + marginalization = poetic nobility
Financial success + personal sovereignty = the fruit of coal-hearted egotism
Their day-to-day existence is dominated by defeatism, leaving them to dream of bigger things, but the moment they get a taste of those bigger things, some neo-Catholic reflex kicks in and their self-loathing forces them right back to their comfort zone (defeatism).