Age of uprising
the legend of Michael KohlhaasDVD - 2014 | French
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Kohlhaas... Is your business so fragile that it can't stand the loss of two horses?
When I was a child, a rebellion broke out in a neighbouring province a little distance away. And one day, a beggar who had passed through that province brought into my father's house a rebel's manifesto. It was a feast day. There were guests in every room. The priest read out the first article and everyone started to laugh. My father tore up the manifesto and chased off the beggar, beating him with a stick.
The peasants complained, in those twelve articles that they counted as less than our dogs. I was twelve years old. The great peasant rebellion took place a month later.
I've also broken the law. Sometimes. Like all men. I want to say... if there is a just God... I'm not sure what will happen. If I weigh on one side of the scales what I did and on the other side what was done to me...
That's your idea of justice? Hanging your own men? That's why you burn and massacre? It seem as though you are preparing to ravage an entire town. All these people you're leading to war... Do they know what awaits them? What did you tell them? That Kohlhaas was the victim of a great injustice? You're a merchant. You're business is prosperous. For you, life is easy. What effort did you make to obtain justice? Me, I see that your heart is corrupted. That you are leading all these people into a war that doesn't concern them. I see that the sword that you wield is not the sword of justice. That you are not a soldier of God.
War does not give us the right. Demanding tolls... Stealing... That is what the lord does. That is not what we do.
The Bible tells us to forgive our enemies. I pray to God... that He never grant us such forgiveness as we will give our dog of a lord.
You live as much by the love as by the fear you inspire. If you inspire only fear, everyone despises you. Only love... and it is sign of weakness.
If everyone acted as you do there would be no order, no justice. And you... What would you do if, among your own troops each one wanted to be independent, to take justice into his own hands and seek vengeance for himself? You would say that it is a higher power that must judge. That no one may be the judge of his own cause. God would help you if you knew how to suffer as He asks of you. If you learned to endure and to bear injustice. Do you not know that it does not befit a Christian to fight with the sword and the arquebus but with the cross and with patience? That his triumph is neither domination nor power but submission and humility? I've spent my life convincing the Church and the princes that they had no reason to fear us. That all we asked was to be allowed
to live and prosper alongside them.
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