Is Hector Dead? | Artaxes’ brainbench (wordpress.com) is something a thinker, not a journalist, would write. Is Hector Dead? | Artaxes’ brainbench (wordpress.com) starts off without trying to grab your attention with something flashy. Moreover, if you are not familiar with classical literature (meaning you have not been properly educated in one of our government-run schools), it takes a moment to see the point of the post. Still, the post is short. So, be patient and persevere to the end.
Since I have listened to all episodes of Jeff Wright’s excellent, excellent Trojan War Podcast during the holidays I couldn’t help seeing parallels with the Iliad and the current impeachment of President Trump.
In Homer’s Iliad, the foundational text of western literature, the classic of all classics, Achilles, the hero of the story, kills Hector, the Prince of Troy in a climactic duel, in man to man combat.
In a rage bordering on madness Achilles is not content with the death of Hector. He mutilates Hector’s body and denies him a proper burial. We see the mutilation of enemies’ bodies throughout the ages. Japanese soldiers mutilated dead American soldiers during WWII. Achilles though goes much further. Not only does he leave the body to be eaten by dogs and birds. He keeps the body in his camp, thus preventing Hector’s family from burying Hector. (continued)Is Hector Dead? | Artaxes’ brainbench (wordpress.com)
Are you a loyal citizen of America’ constitutional republic? Do you understand the point of a constitutional republic? Do you see the 2020 election as a disaster? Well, there is some hope in what artaxes has written, but there is also a great deal of sadness. How can people, even our leaders, behave the way that Achilles behaved?
Where is our greater hope? In Jesus. We all need to study the Bible and try understand why the Bible is the foundational document of Western Civilization. We need to turn our children towards Jesus and what He taught.
But what about our political life. How we participate in our political system demonstrates the seriousness of our commitment to Jesus Christ. As good citizens, we each need to learn how our government works. As good citizens we need to participate in the nomination of honorable men and women and support their election campaigns. And as good citizens we need to hold those in elected office accountable to the law, regardless of our personal self interests. As good citizens, we must strive for a government that protects everyone’s rights, not just the rights of the rich and powerful.