Cassandra   About:  Cassandra 

According to Greek mythology, Cassandra was a woman of haunting beauty with whom Apollo, the god of the Oracle, fell in love and on whom he bestowed the gift of foreknowledge.  Angered when she nonetheless rebuked his love, and powerless to rescind this godly-gift, Apollo added to his gift the curse that Cassandra would never be believed.  So afflicted, Homer in his Iliad paints the pitiful picture of the tortured Cassandra wandering the streets of Troy, foretelling that epic city’s fall with the famous words “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts,” only never to be believed.

 

As the politician Thomas Brackett Reed observed in the late nineteenth century, “It is a very lonely life that a man leads, who becomes aware of truths before their times.” In that spirit, on these pages I shall endeavour to share, from time to time, some of the musings and comments that have kept me thirteenth at table for most of my professional life.  If you prefer being right to knowing the truth, or if you are uncomfortable hanging a question mark now and then on the things you have long taken for granted, these words are not for you.  Otherwise, welcome…………….

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2 Responses to “About”

  1. jeff said

    Keep observations coming

  2. A profound exploration of how leading from behind has become a key tenant of the Obama Doctrine. How by sacrificing the freedom and self-determination for all people to political expediency, American foreign policy can pretend it is exercising ‘smart power’ but in reality is only perpetuating the oppression that we have stood against for our entire history, from the early days of protest for the rights of all citizens in Boston to the inevitable war against a tyrannical monarch. Serious, meaningful, durable change has always and will always require a revolutionary spirit. Thanks for reminding us of that.

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