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Paris, Gallimard, ; Translated: Not only were we heroes, but in reality the Dreyfus Affair can only be explained by a ;eguy for heroism that periodically seizes this people, this race, by a need for heroism that seizes an entire generation.

Our Youth by Charles Péguy

These great movements, these great ordeals of an entire people are like those other great ordeals: Rather, for peoples there is only one kind of pebuy ordeal, that is war, and these other great ordeals are themselves wars. In all these great ordeals, in all these great histories, it is much more interior force, the violence of eruption that makes the historical matter than it is the matter that makes norte imposes the ordeal.

When a great war breaks out, a great revolution — a kind of war — it means that a great people, a great race needs ntore come out, that it has had enough, that it has had enough of peace. It always means that a great mass feels a violent need, a great, profound need, a mysterious need for a great movement.

If the people, if the race, if the French mass had felt the need for a great war forty years ago that wretched, that unfortunate war ofhowever poorly begun, however badly engaged it was would have become a great war like the others, and in March it would only have been beginning. A great history, I mean a great military history like the wars of the Revolution and cnarles Empire can only be explained by this: A mysterious need for inscription.


A mysterious need for a kind of historic fecundity. A mysterious need to inscribe a great history within eternal history. Jehnesse other explanation is vain, reasonable, rational, unfertile, unreal. In the same way our Dreyfus Affair can only be explained by a need, the same one, by a need for heroism that seizes an entire generation — ours — by a need for war, for military war and military glory, jeunezse a need for sacrifice up to and including martyrdom, perhaps doubtless by a need for sanctity.

What our adversaries could only barely see, what they could only hollowly perceive, what our own chiefs were always cgarles of, is to what degree we marched like an army, militarily. How so much hope, so much enterprise was smashed without obtaining, without effectuating a historic inscription is precisely what I attempted not only to explain, but to represent to our friends and subscribers [ to Cahiers de la quinzaine ] last year at this time.

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We were very great. Today those of whom I speak, we are people who earn little, wretchedly, miserably nnotre livelihoods. Perhaps the contrary, for if they support each other a little, less than is believed, less than is said, and sometimes they fight each other, betray each other, on the other hand they come psguy against an anti-Semitism that has today returned, that is growing. What I see is that Jews and Christians together, poor Jews and poor Christians, we earn our livelihoods as we can, generally poorly, in this bitch of a life, in this bitch, this wretch of a modern society.

And we, what did we say? We said that a sole injustice, a sole crime, a sole illegality especially if it is officially registered, confirmed, a sole insult to humanity, a sole insult to justice and right, especially if it is universally, legally, nationally, easily accepted, a sole crime ruptures and suffices to rupture the entire social pact, the entire social contract; a sole malfeasance, a sole dishonor suffices to destroy, to dishonor an entire people.


What we defend is not only our honor.

Notre jeunesse

And the more of a past we have, the more memory we have the more, as could be said, the more we thus have responsibility the more thus we have thus to defend it.

The more of ppeguy past we have behind us, the more precisely we must thus defend it, keep it pure.

I will return my blood as pure as I received it. This was the rule and the honor of the Cornelien impulse, the old Cornelien impulse. This was the rule and the honor of the Christian impulse. One stain stains an entire family.

One point marks the honor of an entire family. One point also marks the honor of a whole people. A people cannot exist with an insult submitted to, exercised, on a crime however solemnly however definitively shouldered.

The honor of a people is all of a piece. They meant no less.

Notre Jeunesse

Deep down, we were the men of eternal salvation and our adversaries were men of temporal salvation. This is the true, the real division in the Dreyfus Affair. In the world, in the modern world, in any world there is only the Christian doctrine that places temporal death to such a degree, as deliberately, as totally, as absolutely nothing, as insignificant as a zero compared to the price of eternal death, and the risk of temporal death as nothing compared to mortal sin, the risk of eternal death.