NOTE TO THE READER
When translating this text from the original French, the question of gender became an issue. In English, ‘he’ and ‘she’ refer to the sexes whereas in French, thearticle
are attached to the noun and do not refer to any individual or group.Because I believe in and respect equality between men and women, I first wrote‘s/he’, ‘her/his,’ and ‘her/himself’ throughout the entire English version. This veryquickly became unwieldy and confusing. I therefore chose to accept the conventionof using ‘he’ when referring to both men and women whenever ‘human beings’ was,for one reason or the other, unusable.