Camille's editorial of October 15

It is the lovely story of the week, that of Jojo, this homeless Romanian who wanted to donate his savings to the victims of the Alpes Maritimes. The SDF moved the deputy mayor of Nice so much that he offered him a job. 

C 'is the kind of anecdote that feels good. What we can remember from this totally selfless act (besides Jojo's generosity) is his great freedom.

Jojo may not have much, but he is a free man. So free that he is ready to give all his savings when he realizes that others are, perhaps, even worse off than him.

Le Larousse defines freedom as “the possibility of acting according to one's own choices, without having to refer to any authority whatsoever”.

In a country like France, where we enjoy great freedom overall, it is often the material aspect or the fear of lacking that immobilizes us and makes us a slave, often of ourselves.

Of course, there are other places in the world where we are still fighting for fundamental freedoms and we do not want to forget that.

I think of the women of Pakistan who are still subjected to the "two-finger" virginity test, when they file a complaint for rape or sexual assault. An invasive examination that goes beyond the freedom of its women and against which the Pakistani Ministry of Law and Justice has finally taken a stand.

I also think of the priest and human rights activist, Stan swamy, 83, who is being held prisoner in India for opposing the government.

Freedom is precisely the subject of predilection for the author François Sureau, the brand new member of the Immortals of the Académie française.

And above all, it is a great biblical subject!

Because, if Jojo's story should inspire us to be free to give, if violations of freedoms in other countries should challenge us, let us constantly remember that it is Jesus, alone, who sets us free!

Camille Westphal Perrier

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