Yes a French expression and new to me too.
I found it in an interesting piece of writing about how Canada was developed on the backs of women on their backs. Now this is not the sort of Canadian history I ever learned in school. As I recall Canadian history was mostly about Fathers of Confederation and war generals. It wasn’t about any mothers or even the cannon fodder who rotted in the trenches.
“not fear anyone on Earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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Oops that’s not it. No, I have nothing against good men. I admire Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr.
I just feel that Canadian women have their stories too and I wonder whether the women who helped build this country were justly served by historians and educators and politicians and powerful entities that developed as a result of Womens’ work and sacrifice.
I wonder what those early Canadian women would think about how Canada has developed.