‘Mon Dieu! O-la-la! Ha-ha-ha! Mu-mu-mu!’ that’s what I’m going to reply to the one who has invented this really shameful expression. And some other strong words to those who believed in it.
Why Louis XIV couldn’t say it and even think in such a manner? First of all he was a sacred figure and God’s Lieutenant on Earth. He realized his Mission profoundly. Moreover, it is believed that any king bears a piece of Saint Spirit. And obviously it turns a human into a semi-God. While the semi-God comprehends things differently. Second the sense of King’s life was to serve God, France & his Subjects. He never comprehended and was not even able to separate these things, allowing himself to replace the Lord with his own ego. He even had no ego. For, as the State was an image of the Divine Kingdom on Earth, he would have committed a blasphemy by placing himself on the top.
And linguistically it was impossible as well. The phrase in modern French sounds: ‘L’Etat c’est moi!’ Ha-ha-ha! The revolutionists have made a great language reform, so, therefore, Louis XIV would have not even comprehended it, if he had heard. In Old French it must sound: ‘L’Estat c’est moy!’ And if we take into account the fact that l’Estat meant God, he would have never dared to say so. Anyhow, thanks to the author of this aphorism. He has made a brilliant historical anecdote.
Have a nice day & Vive le Roy!