Mother of a child now 18 years old, I have never been enthusiastic about putting my child in a crèche (La Croix April 24). This mode of childcare, fashionable in France, has never inspired me with confidence: noise, many children and questions about the training of employees. I was president of a parenting support association and was confronted with testimonials from parents and professionals questioning this mode of childcare, especially before a year. But, twenty years ago, having this speech was taboo. From now on, it is placed on the table. (…)
Citizens’ agreement on the end of life (continued)
I am happy to inform Michel, published in the mail page of April 27, as a participant in the Citizens’ Convention on the end of life. He speaks curiously of “verdict” while we are only a temporary instance of reflection. Our work has attempted to cover a vast and complex subject. Our report (70 pages) reflects consensus and “a rainbow of nuances” regarding active assistance in dying. We do not pass the law, the fruits of our reflection are intended to “enlighten” the work of the government and parliamentarians; it is up to them, at least, to read our file (which is not our first feeling with some of our deputies, a month after its publication).
Finally, on the relevance aspect, I would point out that, in addition to the high level of commitment on the part of the 184 “sortitioned” (which all the observers have recognized), the increase in competence on the subject and the facilitation process in collective intelligence, during these twenty-seven days at the Cese, enabled us to achieve a good quality of deliverable (submitted to the president by yours truly on April 3).
Thus, “a little France”, in neutrality and benevolence, cooperates and deliberates better than some of our elected officials! To end on Michel’s questions, the budget for a national citizens’ convention must certainly be a few million euros, but how much does a referendum cost?
(…) As for the Citizens’ Convention on the end of life, in this case 184 people drawn by lot, and despite the seriousness it seems of its work, it makes me think, rightly or wrongly, of these consultants in company that is asked to study and formulate an opinion to prepare people’s minds for a decision that the company director would like to take without creating too much social unrest, the consultant’s report then becoming like a valid reference.
First of all, thank you for your very good journal. But poor Victor Hugo… whose famous poem This Century Was Two Years Old has been completely distorted! Next to the image on the last page of Thursday, May 4, the quote is wrong, here is the correct one: “Oh, the love of a mother, love that no one forgets, wonderful bread that a God shares and multiply”. This alexandrine was often taught in primary schools for the boomer generation!
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