The French are disappointed. All the surveys on the morale of the French reveal that they no longer have confidence in politics or trust in them. As A matter of fact, political crisis and social malaise are intimately linked. The French are no longer able to communicate with each other.
Crisis of politics, or crisis of communication?
We are talking about the political crisis in France, and more widely in Europe. One wonders why citizens are wary of power, seeking to defy authority. One wonders why no one believes or listens to politics. We forget that politicians don't know how to talk anymore, they don't know how to dream. Even if you play a game of fools, politicians do not know how to fool…
Many people follow certain personalities because they have charisma, even before they fully understand everything they tell. Why is the communication of our leaders so deplorable? Because it's neglected. The fashion of communication has attracted charlatans from all backgrounds, coaches and gurus who think first to sell themselves to the maximum rather than to actually help their customers. Moreover, they speak well of "clients" and not of their "pupils", which is sufficiently indicative of their state of mind.
We're talking about social malaise in the west. Of the increasing consumption of anti-depressants. Consultations with all kinds of shrinks, coaches, gurus… We forget that the main social skills develop from the earliest childhood, from kindergarten, from school, and then during studies. And that it is these communication skills that could make people become involved citizens, who could engage in a genuine democratic exchange with their leaders. Thus, better training in communication from kindergarten would solve in part the current crisis of politics…
The crisis of education and the social crisis
We are talking about the decline of the university in France. One wonders if more money for education would be the solution. It is forgotten that teachers are not only poorly trained, or poorly motivated, but that the teaching methods themselves make the classes boring and not stimulating for students.
The social malaise that we have been living for more than twenty years comes as much from the difficulty of citizens in forging new links as from their representatives and their inability to communicate effectively. Citizens no longer know how to speak, politicians can't talk to them anymore. We need to rebuild the political word,
Rehabilitate the figure of the charismatic leader, develop a new rhetoric to form the leaders of tomorrow.
Our generation is sick of digital, laptops, Internet. We are all sick of these new technological means that claim to make us better communicate with each other but that impoverishes the dialogue, lock us each in our bubble and end up dividing us.
For communication education
We're talking about communication. But not of oratory or rhetoric in what is fundamental. We are talking about digital communication, media training, social networks… But we need to get back to communication in what it has of profoundly human.
The oratory is a difficult art, very important to train future citizens at ease in the discussion and debate, at ease between them… However, oratory is also the least studied and the least well-taught art.
The oral problem seems to be a typical French problem. In most European countries, for example in Spain or Greece, or in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, the oral presentation is the main mode of knowledge control. There are quite a few dissertations, much less than in France at any rate. While our French education system is mostly written.
We need to put in place speaking classes, public speaking programs at school and at university, that is the way to rebuild political speech through better education, while giving every citizen the means to engage in politics, As an activist and perhaps a representative day.
Ideas lead the world, but who runs the ideas?
A fair or good idea does not convince the world by mere proof of its merits. One does not adhere to an idea because the truth is demonstrated, but because one adheres first to the way this idea is presented. There are many who can follow some people because they have charisma, even before they fully understand everything they tell.
These are the ideas that lead the world. But ideas do not exist alone: it is necessary to express them, to embody them, to communicate them to as many people as possible. And for that, nothing will replace the flesh-and-bone individuals who speak passionately about them, who vibrate hearts and occupy minds.
The world of tomorrow will be built by the power of the political word, and it is through education to the word that a strong political word will be built.