Foreshades of Grey (5 and a half)

or, To understand all is to forgive all

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Hyacinthe Rigaud, State Portrait of Louis XV, 1715, Musée National du Château, Versailles. Image source: WGA
An hereditary absolute monarch plays with his toys.

Louis XV’s contemporary Rousseau (1712 -1774) was the first educationalist of the modern era to impress upon parents who could afford to educate their children in the first place, that they should not be treated and dressed as miniature adults.

Forming habits early on was bad for personality development. In a natural education, parents and guardians should provide “well-regulated liberty” for the child to play and follow his or her natural instincts. Before reaching the age of reason, the child learns through sensation, not through having ideas of right and wrong, and certainly not of entitlement, forced on him.

There was nothing remotely natural about Louis XV’s childhood.

Tout comprendre c’est tout pardonner” is a French proverb of disputed origin. Madame de Staël wrote in her novel Corinne (1807): “Car tout comprendre rend très indulgent, et sentir profondément inspire une grande bontée” .
“To understand everything makes one tolerant, and to feel deeply inspires great kindness”.
With grateful acknowledgments to Fake Buddha Quotes

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2 comments on “Foreshades of Grey (5 and a half)

  1. PJR says:

    I think all your followers will be agog to hear more about your childhood after that teaser. I hope you like the next few posts on the same LXV/Pompadour theme – I might have bitten off more than I can chew…. Love from the 18th century, Pippa

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Someone should have told that to my Dad. He treated (and dressed) me like a miniature adult throughout most of my childhood.
    Great stuff as always.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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