The Achilles of ancient Greek legend is often counted among the greatest of epic heroes for his fantastical exploits during the Trojan War as depicted by Homer in the Iliad. While it is easy to become seduced by the power and might of invincible Achilles we must remember to not confuse unchecked power with heroism. While Achilles is indeed powerful, a master warrior by all qualifications, he fails as a hero to be imitated or idolized due to his lack of restraint, his barbarity, his lack of a code of conduct, his impiety and his dishonorable behavior.
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During my career as an Air Force officer during the Cold War, I was a student of the oppression and the vicious ambitions of the Soviet Union. But, in my opinion, no despot has ever come close to the wickedness spawned in the mind of Mao Tse-tung, responsible for the deaths of 70 million Chinese people — in peacetime — in his pursuit of power and revenge and cruelty.
In this essay I review elements from the personal life of Mao found in the book, Mao: No one was more ambitious.
My perspective in this review is that of a Biblical Christian. Chang and Halliday write from a wholly secular viewpoint, but I see spiritual warfare in these historical accounts. But in this limited space my focus will be on the man, himself.
Mao could not have accomplished what he did without much help, of course. There is plenty of blame to go around and, obviously, many henchmen and co-consipirators with their own demonic help will suffer the same judgment at the Great White Throne Rev The cautionary tale here is that evil will abound without limit if there are not enough righteous to stand against it.
Mao was born into a successful peasant family in Hunan province inwhere his ancestors had lived for years. It was all about now. What happened after death was meaningless to him.
He echoes Jean-Paul Sartre at times. This sin afflicts all of us, typically on small scales. Their power is like a hurricane arising from a deep gorge, and like a sex-maniac in heat and prowling for a lover.
He consciously applied that principle to the entire world, even the universe. Mao was out of touch with reality in many ways. He insisted that women should manage the same kind of manual labor as men and should stockpile resources for periods of childbirth when they could not be as productive as usual.
Mao had no tenderness toward women. He had several wives, but was promiscuously unfaithful from the beginning. Mao abused and abandoned his wives and his children. He left one wife to be captured by enemy forces, who executed her.
Another wife was placed in a mental institution. Anyone close to Mao ultimately suffered. Mao and the CCP acquired political power in part from hard currency supplied by Moscow. He played the supplicant and obedient servant to Stalin when necessary, but his dream was to supplant the Russians at the top of the global communist movement.`Rage--Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles' The first line of the Iliad describes a human emotion that leads to doom and destruction in Homer's poetic tale of the Trojan War.
Achilles' rage is a major catalyst in the action in the Iliad. "Rage is a hell of an anesthetic." Also subverted as Ursula the Sea Witch becomes angry (after what Ariel did to Flotsam and Jetsam), causing the evil hag to grow into a foot giant (while wearing King Triton's crown and using King Triton's trident to wipe the mermaid out).
In , the Captain. One of the main elements of the Iliad is the rage of Achilles. Throughout the book, readers see the rise, climax, and fall of the rage. The Iliad is a narrative story of the last year or so of the Trojan War, which is written by the well-known poet Homer.3/5(3).
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The rage of Achilles, unchecked by the superior virtues of temperance and prudence, would come to further tragically undermine his character and eclipse his glory. With the return of Achilles in book XXI to the field of battle following the sacrifice of Patroclus the Trojans were soon beaten back to the river Xanthus.
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