"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Post Of The Week



North Northwester at They're Joking, Aren't They gets my vote this week for having the wit to contrast Dante's ninth circle of hell, where sinners are entombed within ice, with the state of the country and thereby making my own brain work a little harder.
"In Hell, according to Dante, the lowest depth of the innermost circle of the Inferno is reserved for traitors.

Even the shades of those who have betrayed some duty or trust are discriminated between and graded in a diverse and degraded hierarchy of evil.

From bad to worst it goes:

Betrayers of kinsfolk;
Betrayers of polity, nation or state;
Betrayers of guests;
Betrayers of lords and benefactors."
Well worth reading in full.

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you, GV. Ain't literature grand? So, of course, is cross-linking- for which I thank you also!

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  2. You're more than welcome NNW - I just liked the way you linked Dante to modern-day Britain and made me think again.

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  3. In my opinion, more mischief arises from misplaced loyalty than from betrayal.

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  4. I think there's a circle reserved for that type of person as well Edgar.

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