The Classical Inspiration (Part 2)

The Classical Inspiration (Part 2)

Second Part of the Article,

Fabius ordered his army to ambush Carthaginian soldiers and wear down Hannibal. The strategy worked and Fabius won the war after many years. His enemies in Rome nicknamed Fabius as "Cunctator" meaning "Delayer." It is interesting to note that George Washington who adopted Fabian tactics was named "The American Fabius" The Fabian Society, an organization of socialists who aimed at the gradual rather than revolutionary achievement of socialism, founded in 1884, was also named after Fabius.

When we are confronted with a potentially dangerous situation we are reminded of the "Sword of Damocles". Damocles, a sycophant, pestered King Dionysius I in 400 BC with constant speeches about the joys of royal power

The king decided to teach him a lesson. Dionysius invited Damocles to a banquet and casually pointed to a sword that was suspended above Damocles' chair by just a single strand of hair. The king explained that the sword represented the danger that comes with great power. It is said that Damocles got so frightened that he could not enjoy the royal bangquet. The Sword of Damocles is now used to refer to a precarious situation.

Bread and circuses Some rulers entertain the people with circuses and musical events to distract them from burning issues in the country. The purpose is to avert a possible rebellion. Roman satirist Decimus Junius Jevenalis or Juvenal who lived around 100 AD coined the phrase "Bread and circuses."

It refers to Rome's nervous leaders who kept the poor people happy with regular gifts of grain to make bread. They also held colourful circuses where gladiators fought each other to death to entertain the people. Juvenal also coined the famous phrase "Sedquiscustodietipsos custodies?" meaning "Who will guard the guards themselves?"

We also come across "Good Samaritans" once in a while. Good Samaritan is a charitable or helpful person mentioned in a parable told by Jesus Christ in Luke Chapter 10 about a man who "fell among thieves" when he was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho. The man was left lying by the side of the road. A priest and a man who saw the helpless traveller ignored him and walked on the other side of the road. The third traveller, a Samaritan, took pity and supported him.

There are all kinds of laws in a country. Criminal Law, Civil Law, Commercial Law, Personal Law and Property Law are some of them. Sometimes we hear of Murphy's Law.

There is no institute to teach Murphy's Law because it is the Law of Nature. For instance, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. It is named after Captain Edward A. Murphy who Studied deceleration for the United States Air Force in 1949 noted that if things could be done wrongly, they would go wrong.

On the other hand, we have Peter Principle according to which members of a hierarchy are promoted until they reach the level at which they are no longer competent. It is named after Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990), the American educationist who put forward the theory, All these can lead to classical inspiration.

The End.
Patreon : Witness Tv
YouTube : Witness Tv
FaceBook : Witness Tv
Instagram : Witness Tv
Telegram Group : Witness Tv
Official Mail : witnesstv2@gmail.com

Post a Comment