Institut Français – light in the dark
We begin this article by saying that we, the small Toud team, honestly believe in Romanian values, in our history and culture. But we also believe that Romania’s place is in Europe and that today, more than ever (or better said as much as in all these 100 years of Great Romania), we have to be close to the core of this community. We also believe that a nation can grow only if it is able to learn, to absorb elements of other cultures, keeping its identity, specific, direction and meaning. It’s like a human being. And we say that thinking at Master Celibidache or Brancusi himself. Fortunately, or unfortunately (thinking about the pressure exerted by the communist regime), the examples are many.
Today, in this shadow of political confusion, of disinformation made by mass media, of “fake-news”, we have a strong need to know, to interact with other cultures and to strengthen our ability of distinguish between evil and good, between oppression and freedom, between beautiful and ugly. In this period of darkness, Institut Français brings a glimpse of light in Romania. No, it’s not a beautiful story or a PR act. No!!! A team of more than 20 people (that’s how many we’ve counted) works everyday, from morning to night, to bring this light of Western Europe in Romania as well. You will probably say that it’s an intelligent work of French people to spread their culture. True, but we only have to gain from this initiative. All great nations do it, each whit its own means – think about the offensive of McDonalds, APPLE, IBM, ORACLE…. of American colossus.