by Peter Freyne
The fool doththink he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. [check *Update* below)
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war
in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor,
for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind...
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood
boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no
need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the
citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all
of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so.
How do I know?
For this is what I have done.
And I am Caesar."
- William Shakespeare
If the shoe fits, eh?
The distinguished chap who sent me the above "alleged" Shakespeare line, now informs me it's not from the pen of Will Shakespeare. Says it's been floating around the Internet for a few years....
I don't have time to dig into it further right now....doctors appointments. (Anybody have time to find the source?)
It's still a good line, eh?
Yours truly's off to the Fanny Allen...."Double Scan Land" for today. The "miracles" of modern medicine.
[photo shot last fall at Oakledge Park. The birds came back. We made it through!]