The Bard had it right 400 years ago |

The Bard had it right 400 years ago

When William Shakespeare wrote “Julius Caesar,” he must have had great foresight. How else can this selection be so relevant to the U.S.A. today?

“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-edge 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 into the leader, and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.”

But some of us find patriotism demands more than such compliance. We want to keep our right to question and speak our own truth, to prevent another hideous war.

Meg K. Palley

Nevada City

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