Thursday, April 16, 2015
Primum non nocere
A recent post by The Skipper and another recent post by our very own Tuna kind of inspired me. I know the "kind of" seems rather like "damning with faint praise," but it goes beyond those two posts.
There is much in the world that troubles me these days.
The ever growing incivility in modern society.
The ever lessening impact of the Word of God in modern society.
The ever growing violence in certain parts of the world.
The ever growing incompetence in government at nearly every level.
Wouldn't it be a great thing, if everyone awoke in the morning, stretched, yawned and then, before considering the day ahead, said to themselves, "First, I will do no harm..."?
The Latin phrase Primum no nocere ("first, do no harm) is not actually a part of the Hippocratic Oath. Before starting this post, as part of my (ahem) due diligence I researched that oath, thinking that that's where the phrase came from.
Nope. No one seems to really know the exact origin of that phrase. Ganz egal...
While I have to admit that I'm not entirely comfortable with the "turn the other cheek" philosophy (from Matthew 5, Verse 39 - But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.) I will give someone a second chance, not always, which I suppose isn't right, but usually.
I also firmly believe in the old proverb (origin unknown) "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
Now I fear we shall all be made fools of once again. Why?
Well, election season, regrettably, seems to have begun already.
It seems as if the same tired and trite promises are being offered to an ever more uncaring populace. Some not caring because they are uninformed, some not caring because they are tired of it all. Tired of the lies and the broken promises.
What does the political establishment offer in the way of candidates?
I do see some interesting prospects on the Republican side, though I'm sure that they will be weeded out by the time it comes to actually vote and we'll be left with the same tired choices put forth by those who move behind the scenes. The puppet masters who never step into the arena but hide in the shadows, deciding what is best for us.
The Democrats? They too have their puppet masters and they seem to be very good at making us all dance to their tune. Look at what they last offered us. And now?
Seriously, Hilary Clinton?
Just what we need another completely unqualified candidate who will garner votes simply because of gender. As the last garnered votes because of the color of his skin.
I care not for a candidate's gender, the color of their skin or the nation their forebears sprang from. I only care that he or she has the best interests of the United States and her true allies in mind.
The United States and her natural, true allies are the last, best hope of this tired world.
Beyond lies chaos, never ending war and a new Dark Age.
First, do no harm.
If that cannot be accomplished?
Then I hope we would have the will to crush our enemies, see them driven before us, and hear the lamentations of their women...
Otherwise, we will be crushed. There will be no one left to lament.
This, I fear.