Monday, October 19, 2015

ALL MEN DIE - A SHALLOW SISTER'S TAKE

-When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right – Victor Hugo.

ALL MEN DIE – A SHALLOW SISTER’S TAKE

Where do bad leaders go? To a rubble heap, erased from history to live only in historical writings as a warning to others? The good in us takes comfort in this knowledge, but until the bad man is taken down men must die.

Do bad men begin with good intensions? Does rule corrupt the pocket and the mind? Hitler rose to power when a destroyed Germany needed him. He was their saviour – their hope – their promise of a bright future. I would say many never realised what he would become, otherwise surely someone would have stopped him in his tracks; but then I believe there is more good in the world than there is bad. Good is not always a strong monitor of evil because good believes there is good in evil men. And when good understand its mistake the struggle to remove evil is often hard and protracted.

Stalin? Trotsky saw the evil in him. Trotsky was exiled and executed by Stalin. A good man down; and other good men allowed Stalin to continue his reign of terror because of fear for themselves. Fear divides good men until fear loses its power. Only then good men rise like zombies from their shattered dreams.

In this world today, we have many evil men creating chaos in all forms – war, and in supposed peace. Good men have a chance of turning a place from the brink of war or civil war by taking power from an evil man at peacetime. We do this at the ballot box and when the ballot is corrupt, then we use internal and external pressure, and when that fails, then we use force, or we sit it out. God forbid we should fear enough to sit it out!

At least we know when bad men fall (and they always do) their identity is not revered; their wealth, their palaces, their titles are removed; their name slots under the title of ‘dictator’, ‘despot’, ‘murderer’. Statues raised in their honour are raised to the ground in their shame. Buildings/towns/streets that once carried their name are renamed. (Although I still hold fast that Leningrad should never have reverted to its original. Lenin saved the people with his Marxist ideals from rulers who believed they were untouchable).

And so despots of today understand this: you will be remembered in history but infamously. Your statue will fall, your palace will burn, your family will run. And good men will rise to rebuild what you took.

-Dictatorship arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated forms of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty – Plato.

-Sometimes I think that a parody of democracy could be more dangerous than a blatant dictatorship, because that gives people an opportunity to avoid doing anything about it – Aung Sang Suu Kyi.


-An intellectual’s weapon is writing, but sometimes people react as if it were a firearm. A writer can do a lot to change the situation, but as far as I know, no dictatorship has fallen because of a sonnet - Mario Benedetti.

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