Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Sword of Damocles.

What is happening in the world today that means anything to me in any way as i keep preparing myself towards meeting my final days on this Planet that is still so beautiful and homely to be in despite all the desecration that has been subjected to her by Man. Is humanity evolving toward its final self destruction or is there a hope beyond hope that we will change in the last hour to avoid the worse and find peace, everlasting peace that we so sorely need. We as a specie, mankind, hold the key to the survival to this Planetary home of ours, it is in our hands that Gods or God has left the fate of this planet small as it is compared to most; it is habitable and we are the inhabitants who in the Biblical sense were endowed with the power to be her custodians and yet we have failed thus far in more than one way.
For decades now we have weapons of mass destruction pointing at ourselves from the East and West, North and South and we live under this constant threat of Nuclear tragedy that could bring an end to this small planet of ours not to mention our entire species. It is indeed a sad place to be and what is even more sad is the fact that a good percentage of humanity is ignorant of these threats that is hovering over their heads and all it takes is an insane fingers to press the necessary buttons to set off the chain reactions of a holocaust like a final cut with the sword of Damocles

"Judge no one happy until his life is over" is a familiar theme in Greek and Roman philosophical writing. [See Solon and Croesus.] One variant of this is the Sword of Damocles, which is used to describe a sense of foreboding and might translate into English idiom as "walk a mile in my shoes." Here's the story about Damocles' sword:
Dionysius (II) was a fourth century B.C. tyrant of Syracuse, a city in Magna Graecia, the Greek area of southern Italy. To all appearances Dionysius was very rich and comfortable, with all the luxuries money could buy, tasteful clothing and jewelry, and delectable food. He even had court flatterers (adsentatores) to inflate his ego. One of these ingratiators was the court sycophant, Damocles. Damocles used to make comments to the king about his wealth and luxurious life. One day when Damocles complimented the tyrant on his abundance and power, Dionysius turned to Damocles and said, "If you think I'm so lucky, how would you like to try out my life?"
Damocles readily agreed, and so Dionysius ordered everything to be prepared for Damocles to experience what life as Dionysius was like. Damocles was enjoying himself immensely... until he noticed a sharp sword hovering over his head, that was suspended from the ceiling by a horse hair. This, the tyrant explained to Damocles, was what life as ruler was really like.
Damocles, alarmed, quickly revised his idea of what made up a good life, and asked to be excused. He then eagerly returned to his poorer, but safer life." -N.S. Gill - Ancient Classical Historian.
 The real point of the story is very clearly a moral parable. It's not just, oh, something terrible is going to happen, but it's about realizing that what looks like an enviable life, a life of wealth, a life of power, a life of luxury is, in fact, fraught with anxiety, terror and possibly death...classics scholar Daniel Mendelsohn

Humanity today lives under the 'Sword of Damocles', all of us, but we choose to live in denial of it and those who are awaken to it are far too few to matter to make any difference as we are most of us are ignorant of who we are even , plain and simple. We have been born and raised to think as as thinkers we have been taught how to appreciate what we have and be thankful and appreciative, not to ask or raise too many questions or rock the boat that we are in. When in doubt we are advised to turn to nature and appreciate her beauty or the artistic talents of the painters and singers, actors and dancers to tell ourselves of how magnificent we can be if we strive to become so. But our lives as it is in the light of the wider screen is like that of a living in a cage where the few has constructed for the benefit of the whole; we are all prisoners of our own ignorance; we refuse to acknowledge the 'sharp sword' hovering over our heads.

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