"There are people who observe the rules of honour as they do stars; from far off."
There is so much injustice in this world — not just within France, but in nations near and far beyond it. But we must act where and when we have the power to make change, and it starts here in France — right now.
Our differences have seemed stark, at times. Time spent with friends has both comforted me and made me painfully aware of my own anomalies. An orphan among men with families. A working man, among students. But those differences blur and fade into nothing, today. Our cause is too great for those distinctions. My family is the people of France, and I am a student of life — and of myself.
Perhaps it is because I grew up without parents, without a family, that I feel this deep devotion to my country — that I see it almost as a parent or an honored ancestor. But so many of my friends share that devotion, regardless of their upbringing. And that gives me strength as we prepare to fight.
I do this with one aim: bringing justice to the people of France, with the hope that someday the world may know that justice, too.