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War's long done. We're all just folk now.

Posted on 2008.06.11 at 09:36

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photogoot at 2008-06-12 04:02 (UTC) (Link)

You May Have Been the “Catalyst”

I am sure you are sorry that in a small way you may have been the “catalyst” for the events which transpired recently with Monkey Ass. However you have stolen nothing from this man! An audience is the only thing that he has lost here, he never had any pride.

He, as we all, make choices in how we interact with our peers and community at large. Yes, we all poke fun with each other, tease, bicker, and berate. Most of us also share, listen, debate, and learn from one another. The vast majority of us do not threaten others, especially the particularly distasteful act of a man threatening a woman! Pride is something this man knows nothing of, vanity maybe, indulgence yes, selfishness absolutely!

He does not desire forgiveness, knowledge, or understanding. The only things that were taken here were taken by him for himself for his selfish needs without consideration for any other person. He desires one thing above all else, an audience, period. I for one will not give it to him.

The true metaphor of the Sword of Damocles I believe is lost in the context you present it above. The true lesson of Damocles is very interesting. My cliff notes version goes like this…..

Damocles was an excessively flattering hang’er-on’er in the court of a ruler of an ancient Greek city state. Damocles wanted nothing more than to live life as the ruler… privileged, pampered, feared, and respected. (Sounding familiar?). The ruler one day offered to switch places so Damocles could experience that which he so coveted, to live as the ruler lived. At first he enjoyed living the life of the ruler he desperately wanted to emulate. At the end of the day a great banquette was held with Damocles at the head of the table, leader to all. However when Damocles looked up during the feast he noticed a sword hanging from a single strand of horsehair directly above his head. Immediately, he lost desire for the lavishness of the rulers’ life and asked to leave saying he no longer wanted to be so “fortunate”. The ruler had successfully conveyed to Damocles a sense of the constant fear and responsibility that a great man lives with. The theme of this Greek story was that ultimately virtue, not the trappings of privilege, is sufficient for living a happy life.

This is fundamentally what eludes schpydurx; however there are many fundamental things eluding this Monkey Ass. He desires to take from you and others what he does not have. Pride, dignity, knowledge, respect, and love; these are things he has not demonstrated the capacity to earn grow and develop on his own. He leaches onto others who have them so he may beg his way into “living a day in the life” so to speak.

War's long done.
Its been what… a week? Long done? I think not. Not even close.

We're all just folk now.
Yes we are just folk. One “folker” just happens to be a Monkey Ass!



Edited at 2008-06-12 04:05 am (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-06-12 04:17 (UTC) (Link)

Re: You May Have Been the “Catalyst”

As always, I appreciate your verbosity. Yes, I'm familiar with the story of Damocles, but I was more trying to convey the very thin thread on which I beheld his doom. Your comparison was much more rich in context. Style, my friend - you have it.
Me
photogoot at 2008-06-12 04:19 (UTC) (Link)

Re: You May Have Been the “Catalyst”

Virtue, my friend - you have it.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-06-12 11:11 (UTC) (Link)

Re: You May Have Been the “Catalyst”

Such thorough, incisive, and yet brutal analysis; I think I feel a swoon coming on.

Did you ever consider a career as a psychologist? I would lie on your couch anyday! Although, er, I think I might have to fight the slavering hordes off. ;)
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