The words, “let them eat cake” are widely attributed to Marie-Antoinette, the Queen consort of Louis XVI. She is supposed to have said this when the poor of France ran out of bread to eat. If she did utter this phrase then she had no concept of the plight the majority of people were going through.
The image is one of 40 date slices that I made yesterday, by chance one for each day of Lent. That is if you take the feast day of Sunday out of the equation (although I might just share them with the family).The recipe if you want to make your own can be found at Date Crumble Slice.
Following on from yesterday’s blog Lent isn’t about reduction as such, but is about the right priorities in your life. Even those that fast through Lent feast on the Sunday. The right priorities are difficulties to come by when society is polarised into the “haves” and the “have nots”. Not unlike France in the past it might be that “the peasants will be revolting” in this country due to the economic extremes we have experienced over recent years. Lent becomes a symbol of society at large. In order to function correctly individuals and communities need a good balance of the essentials and the treats, bread and cake. Too much wealth will lead to rotten teeth and society, too little will lead to disillusionment. So I say even in Lent, “Let them eat cake”.
If you want to know what to take up in Lent then read my previous post. Also if you want to explore poverty and riches then I’ve included a link to a past blog entry