…when a friend stopped him and said “My friend, I must tell you something bad I heard about one of your students.”
Plato said, “First answer me the three tests of knowledge. One, have you personally checked if this thing is true?” “No” the friend answered. “Then two,” said Plato, “Will this knowledge make me happier?” “No”. came the reply. “Then there is one final test to determine if I need this knowledge my friend.” said the master. ” Is it to my students’ advantage that I know it?” “Alas no.” came the reply.
“Then pass on your way my friend and do not tell me this thing.” said Plato and walked off smiling. This is why he was the greatest Philosopher of all, and also why he never found out that Aristotle was shagging his wife.
A few months ago the US President was photographed crawling on the floor of the Oval Office, playing with a baby. This was seen as inappropriate by many as the Head of State isn’t supposed to be seen on his knees, especially inside the White house.
Let me remind you of a short story from Ancient Greece. It involves a great king of the 4th c.BC
Agesilaus, the feared and respected leader of mighty Sparta, was famous for being very loving and affectionate with his kids. When his children were very young he used to play with them, doing ‘stupid’ things, rolling on the floor and generally behaving in a non-serious, non-‘kingly’ fashion; even in public.
One day, while playing with his children out on his front yard, he was pretending to be a horse that his kids would ride. One of his friends saw him. He was shocked to see a Spartan king on his knees!
Agesilaus told his friend: “Please don’t judge me before you become a father too.”
‘A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later’
I consider him to be one of the top 5 field commanders in the history of the United States Army and definitely their most successful combat General.
You would always see him where fighting was fiercest, carrying his trademark ivory-handled revolver on his hips (yep, that was his side-arm).
This unorthodox but determined soldier was exactly what the Allies needed right after D-Day.
Patton’s armor and infantry rushed through German lines cutting through enemy territory winning amazing victories and capturing one town after the other -spreading panic and confusion to Wermacht soldiers.
‘Always do everything you ask of those you command’
While at a conference with his officers he declared: ‘Some goddamn fool once said that flanks have got to be secure. Since then sonofabitches all over the globe have been guarding their flanks. I don’t agree with that. My flanks are something for the enemy to worry about, not me. Before he finds out where my flanks are, I’ll be cutting the bastard’s throat.’
He attacked, attacked and then attacked again! His armored divisions roared through six different countries! France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria; his Shermans were rolling… Patton trained one of the most famous military units of the US Army, the 2nd Armored Division, nicknamed “Hell on Wheels”. On March the 2nd, 1945 a message from General Dwight Eisenhower instructed Patton to bypass the German city of Trier because it would take four divisions to capture it. Patton’s answer was: ‘Have taken Trier with two divisions. What do you want me to do? Give it back?’ Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, added: ‘The American generals showed themselves to be very advanced in the tactical handling of their forces, although we had to wait until the Patton Army in France to see the most astonishing achievements in mobile warfare.’
Ok, we all know that people have strengths and weaknesses. But there are times in our lives that our strengths must prevail. Patton is famous for:
His refusal to accept defeat as an option.
His determination to maintain the initiative.
His determination to be in total control.
His determination to win!
‘Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory’
My personal opinion about Donald Trump doesn’t matter. But I can’t help but thinking that many american citizens miss the days when Sara Palin was the scariest republican candidate ever. However improbable this seems right now, if someone examines the political situation in the US, it seems clear that all factors lead to the conclusion that Donald Trump will win not only all preliminary elections but the Presidential ones too.
Constant attacks by the media most of the times have the opposite effect. Remember the case of George Bush Jr . Ask yourselves: have you tried using arguments against Trump’s fiery speeches or did you just call him ‘racist’ and forgot about it? If you’re following the latter, congratulations: you’re following the same pattern that re-elected G. Bush.
Democrats themselves don’t exactly see Hillary Clinton as a ‘super-star’, at least not the way they did with all their previous candidates the last couple of decades. The talk is not why we should vote for Hillary… The talk is why we should vote against Trump. Campaigning for a ‘negative vote’ is yet another strategic blunder.
His radical – emotional speech never fails to make an impression. Most media accuse him of being a demagogue. But at the same time people can’t help but perceiving Hillary Clinton’s ‘well-refined’ language and overused clichés as a symptom of demagoguery too…
The deciding factor in the 2016 US elections will be the so-called ‘silent majority’.
Donald Trump’s disdain for political correctness is one of his characteristics that will eventually win the vote of the silent majority
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” –Winston Churchill
A comprehension on a satisfactory level of the functions and mechanisms of propaganda makes you a better citizen.
I always believed that propaganda should be taught in high-schools. If I was to defy this term I’d simply say that it’s to disseminate a message to people through different mediums, for a specific aim/ purpose.
Actually there shouldn’t be any negative connotation to this noun. It’s the use of it that can be characterized as positive or negative. Propaganda evolved into a real ‘science’ during the 20th century. The word itself takes us back to the 17th century and the origin of the term, when Pope Gregory XV founded a department charged with the spread of “the Faith”, the famous Congregatio de Propaganda Fide.
In the 20th century two names that perfected the methods and use of propaganda, easily stand out: the great Vladimir Lenin and his most successful “disciple”, Dr. Joseph Goebbels. Yes, they used their talents to create and support totalitarian regimes! And that’s then another reason why we must study Propaganda…. Most techniques and methods still used today were created or re-defined by those two masterminds of politics.