Monday, April 24, 2017

United we stand (divided we fall)!

The idea of conceiving what are nowadays known as social networks, combined with the facilities of Internet allowing people from all over the word to connect with each other, was certainly the most brilliant one could think of in the times we’re living. In theory though, as things tend to show how the latter have turned themselves into a celebration tool of the egos with, at the end, everyone competing with each other…

United We StandNothing surprising though considering the ‘Divide and rule’ strategy, also known as ‘Divide and support’ – in Latin: ‘Divide ut regnes’ with its Greek equivalent being ‘Διαίρει καὶ βασίλευε’ (‘Diaírei kaì basíleue’) – which famous Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) translated as ‘Divide et impera’, with later on ‘Machiavellianism’ standing for a widely-used negative term to characterize unscrupulous politicians of the sort which the author described in ‘The Prince’.

Philip II, king of Macedon (382 – 336 BC) is said to be the first one to have put this strategy (equally known as ‘Divide and conquer’) into practise, establishing his power on the fact that many small opponents are easier to deal with than a larger one, therefore doing whatever he could to break up power alliances into smaller chunks, and prevent small power groups from linking up and becoming more powerful…

‘Nothing new under the sun’ then, leading us here as well back to another ancient expression (in Latin: ‘Nihil sub sole novum’, from the Hebrew אֵין כָּל חָדָשׁ תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ (‘en kol chadásh táchat hashámesh’) itself taken from ‘Ecclesiastes 1:9.’ As if during all this period covering more than 2 millenniums, none of us had learnt from our mistakes, repeating the same behavior and therefore reproducing the same results, from a generation to another…

‘United we stand, divided we fall’… And here we go again with a phrase dating from back in the day, attributed this time to ancient Greek story teller Aesop, from his fable ‘The Four Oxen And The Lion’, which also appears in the biblical ‘New Testament’ – translated into English from the historic Greek in ‘Mark 3:25’ as ‘And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand’

Not need saying how this is pretty much where we’re at nowadays, with countless people unvariably thnking as a myriad of I’s as opposed to (at least at times) coming to think as ‘We’, competing with each other as opposed to to be spreading the word whenever necessary and therefore act as a community…

Contrary to an idea which seems to have been widely admitted, there’s nothing bad in seeing our alter egos succeeding, whatever can be the community we claim belonging to, as the latter itself gets the benefit from it while growing.
The everyday life alas is fully of examples which have led to a progressive struggle of both many communities and their components. Beginning with the supposedly big names who, fearing they might lose what they consider as their leadership, show undifference, when messaged, be it to wish them a Happy Birthday, and not even talking about giving a hand to new comers. But also ironically a big majority of us eventually acting like them while liking our own posts if not selfies, although publishing things in itself seems already a sign we like them, isn’t it?

Once again, it’s not the technology itself that has got to be blamed, but more the way we tend to use it. Differently said, life is nothing but what we make it!

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