Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Sword of Damocles
If you don't know the story
read on it's at the bottom.
I am sure at one time of your
life you have felt like this.
It's an awful feeling.
It's the awful tension, the threat of failure, the fear to get OUT.
Yes I am sure we have all been there at one time or another.
It's all just hanging over your head.
JUST imagine RETAIL!!!!!
This year, we have had so many businesses
shut down in Maine. Some big time business
Dionysius II of Syracuse,
a fourth century BC tyrant of Syracuse, Italy.
Pandering to his king, Damocles exclaimed that,
as a great man of power and authority
surrounded by magnificence,
Dionysius was truly extremely fortunate.
Dionysius then offered to switch places with Damocles,
so that Damocles could taste that very fortune first hand.
Damocles quickly and eagerly accepted the King's proposal.
Damocles sat down in the king's throne surrounded by every luxury,
but Dionysius arranged that a huge sword should hang above the throne,
held at the pommel only by a single hair of a horse's tail.
Damocles finally begged the tyrant that he be allowed to depart,
because he no longer wanted to be so fortunate.
Dionysius had successfully conveyed a sense of the constant fear
in which the great man lives. Cicero uses this story as the last in a
series of contrasting examples for reaching the conclusion he had
been moving towards in this fifth Disputation, in which the theme
is that virtue is sufficient for living a happy life. Cicero asks:
Does not Dionysius seem to have made it sufficiently clear
that there can be nothing happy for
the person over whom some fear always looms?
When life is this tense, move on make an easy life.
Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery
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