Fortunately, I did not watch or listen recently to Obama's State of the Union. I was already ill with the wind, rain and snow that had fallen upon the Coast. I usually enjoy rain and snow. It's the wind that I detested throughout my years in the Midwest.
So I secluded myself in my study to read The New Yorker, only to find a striking photograph of Obama by Pari Dukovic and the article "Going The Distance" by David Remnick. It's a drastically long article, even windier than my verbose prose.
What troubled me were the constant references to "history," but what was paid homage to were the heroes of history. They apparently had never heard of the consequences of the actions taken by these great heroes. It was as if they had never heard of what happened to Rome.
Someone has said those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I've returned to our Founding Fathers, also to the Roman Empire, during which the elite could buy a seat in the Senate.
The Roman leaders had given to the populace again and again to the point that the populace had become dependent. Though Cicero tried to stop it, after Caesar was assassinated, he was "taken out" by ruthless assassins. Does any of this ring your bell or push your button?
What were the consequences of the actions of the leaders when nations such as China, Byzantium, Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan, England, Russia succumbed, when a small group of men and women enacted legislations with deadly consequences? Priam and his son Hector did not cause the Fall of Troy. The Fall of Troy was caused by the immorality of Paris and Helen.
The Grecian and Trojan worlds had become a world of moral and ethical violations. Paris' abduction of Helen from Menelaus and Greece precipitated into the mindsets of the proud Grecian kings and warriors, resulting with the clever deceits of the Trojan Horse. It was inevitable, as with all nations, once on the downside of the bell-shaped curve.
Does any of this seem familiar?