“Beware the Ides of March”
As we enter the month of March, or otherwise known as Mars in the Roman calendar — we ought to remember that this time of year there is an abundance of weirdness amongst the people rising from a deep wintry period of darkness and meanness.
People rising up from the awful nightmare of annual “death” start turning their eyes towards the light that is sure to come any day now.
“Beware the Ides of March”: Yet as history places this in the mouth of the soothsayer warning Julius Caesar of the upcoming attack in the Senate — he neglects to pay attention, or to keep his guard about him, or to even avoid heading to the counsel meeting of the Senate…
As a matter of fact, Julius Caesar dismissed the warnings as haughty men often do… although in the days leading up to the assassination, Caesar was told by many of the visible conspiracies amongst his Senators and jealous powerful competitors for political supremacy.
Politics in the days of the height of the Republic caused so much divisions and rancor that they eventually destroyed Rome, and after many years of internecine warfare, the decline was such that the seat of the Emperor and the Crown of Caesar were sold for a few denarius, the equivalent of $200 today. Of course this allowed the Goth and the Hun Barbarians to take over the empire and even sack the Capitol City of Rome.
Yet back on the days the reign of Julius Caesar — Rome was at it’s apex of power. His victorious conquests made Caesar a very popular leader. Still in the waning days of February and leading up to the Ides of March, Julius Caesar was warned repeatedly by Mark Anthony, his elected Co-Counsel Rome, about the vast conspiracy against him coming from the Democrats in the Senate, and of the impending troubles ahead. He was warned to keep his imperial guard about him at all times, and even to arm himself. Prescient knowing people like his doctor, his friends, and even his wife Calpurnia, begged him not to attend the Senate meetings during the Ides of March for various reasons, including medical concerns, troubling dreams, and bloody nightmares, that his wife Calpurnia had in the preceding nights of the Caesar’s assassination.
However, no matter how stern the news of Conspiracy were all around him — Julius Caesar declined to take any of those necessary precautions, that would have saved his Life, and would have sparred the Empire from many years of bloodshed, decline, and civil wars.
Does that remind you of anything going on today?
Do you see the foaming in the mouth of the Racist Democrats of the United States and Microsoft and many other Corporatists today, attacking President Trump and vehemently rounding against his supporters, always seeking to spill blood and cause mayhem?
Does it seem similar to what I suffered in the afternoon of February 28th, at the hands of the Hillary-bot crazed man of Microsoft Mike Pell, the micro-manager of the so called “Garage” inside building 27? Yes it does. Because I was invited by Microsoft to go to their HQ campus in Redmond Washington, where I was to give a speech about Innovation, in order to support and spur all over again the creation of Innovation that eludes failing Microsoft since they decided to be serfs to the dark side, by eliminating all Freedom and Liberty from their employees.
And does it seem that this assault and battery and the racist attack against me was orchestrated and conspired ahead of time — when the apparently “well meaning” Microsoft, invited me to Speak inside their Campus of the Evil Empire?
Methinks, that is the case and the currently blossoming investigation will prove it. Microsoft is an evil empire that seeks to undermine our 45th President and all that America stands for, because they believe in a virulently misguided version of Globalization and they choose to serve a NeoConservative World domination agenda of the moneyed Oligarchy. Surely in that world there is no room for Free Will or Free Speech, or Free Thought for that matter…
And if you have to get permission from a hundred managers to speak and then you get shut down, attacked and hurt… you get the idea that Free Speech is not welcomed inside Microsoft corporation. Got that? Do you want some Milk with that learning?
And although conspiracies are most often successful because a conspiracy is a rather hard thing to believe that it exists in the fist place — it is even harder to defend against it. Especially when it is orchestrated by your colleagues and people that we customarily tend to trust. And that is why old Julius Caesar didn’t take precautions — same as me — when he showed up to talk with the Senate, or Microsoft as the case might be…
Today through the historical writings of Nicolaus, Suetonius, & Plutarch — we all know that Caesar went to meet the Senate unarmed and without his customary Praetorian Guard. He went alone at the Theater of Pompey, where he addressed the assembly of Senators and he spoke “Reason” as his assassins massed about him, and even when he was attacked — he did not resist, but instead covered his face with his cloak, as he was repeatedly stabbed to death inside the very meeting of the Roman Senate. This meeting is famously dramatised in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar was warned by the soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March. The Roman biographer Suetonius identifies the “seer” as a haruspex named Spurinna who had perfect recall of history and always warned that it gets repeated…
Yet as I am writing this — I do not intend this as just a note for the Julius Caesar wannabes, or for the big Chiefs out there, but I intend this as a serious note for all Christians and Intelligent beings out there, that are occupying positions of Leadership or aspire to being an ethical leader.
On the Ides of March — March 15th of 44 BC — the conspirators staged a game of gladiatorial sport at Pompey’s theatre. The gladiators were provided by Decimus Brutus in case their services were needed. They waited in the great hall of the theatre’s quadriportico. Mark Antony, having vaguely learned of the plot the night before from a terrified Liberator named Servilius Casca, and fearing the worst, went to head Caesar off at the steps of the forum. However, the group of senators intercepted Caesar just as he was passing the Theatre of Pompey, located in the Campus Martius, and directed him to a room adjoining the east portico of the Theatre of Pompey.
And as Caesar arrived at the Senate meeting room, Lucius Tillius Cimber presented him with a petition to recall his exiled brother. The other co-conspirators crowded around him, in order to offer their support. Caesar waved him away, but Cimber grabbed Caesar’s shoulders and pulled down Caesar’s tunic. Caesar then cried to Cimber, “Why, this is violence!” (“Ista quidem vis est!”)…
At the same time, Casca produced his dagger and made a glancing thrust at the dictator’s neck. Caesar turned around quickly and caught Casca by the arm. According to Plutarch, he said in Latin, “Casca, you villain, what are you doing?” Casca, frightened, shouted “Help, brothers”. Within moments, the entire group, including Brutus, was stabbing the dictator. Caesar attempted to get away, but, blinded by blood in his eyes, he tripped and fell; the men continued stabbing him as he lay defenseless on the lower steps of the portico. According to Eutropius, sixty or more men participated in the assassination. Caesar was stabbed 23 times. Suetonius relates that a physician who performed an autopsy on Caesar established that only one wound (the second one to his chest that pierced his aorta) had been fatal. This autopsy report (the earliest known post-mortem report in history) describes that Caesar’s death was mostly attributable to blood loss from his stab wounds.
Caesar was killed at the base of the Curia in the Theater of Pompey.
Caesar’s last words were the Greek phrase “καὶ σύ, τέκνον;” (translated as: “Kai su, teknon?”: “You too, child?”) when he saw Brutus his protege, amongst his assassins. Caesar said nothing more, pulling his toga over his head when he saw Brutus among the conspirators. The version best known in the English-speaking world is the Latin phrase “Et tu, Brute?” (“You too, Brutus?”); this derives from Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” (written in 1599), where it actually forms the first half of Caesar’s monologue: “Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar.”
According to Plutarch, after the assassination, Brutus stepped forward as if to say something to his fellow senators not involved in the plot; they, however, fled the building. Brutus and his companions then marched to the Capitol while crying out to their beloved city: “People of Rome, we are once again free!”. They were met with silence, as the citizens of Rome had locked themselves inside their houses as soon as the rumour of what had taken place had begun to spread. According to Suetonius, all the conspirators made off, and Caesar lay there lifeless for some time, and finally three common slaves put him on a litter and carried him home, with one arm hanging down.
A wax statue of Caesar was erected in the Forum displaying the 23 stab wounds. A crowd who had amassed there started a fire, which badly damaged neighboring buildings. In the ensuing years a series of civil wars resulted with the end of the Republic and the rise of imperial Rome.
Now, we don’t all get killed in a bloodbath orchestrated from 60 murderers, but we all have to go through the trials of March. The ides of March, affect all of us, albeit to varying degrees, and with varying intensity. Who amongst us has not been hurt by evil conspirators seeking to enlarge themselves at the expense of another?
Who amongst us has not received the hate of those that think they have the Power to attack others because they believe that they have some Authority stemming from large institutions, such as Big Business, Big Government, Big Unions, Big Political Parties, and all the other contrivances of men who seek the anonymity of the mass that riots against personal liberty and the Freedom to Be whom God has declared to be made of Free Will…
Yet who amongst us has not suffered my suffering when I was attacked by the microsoftie drugged out lunatic — for no reason whatsoever?
Legal Cannabis in the State of Washington has caused all kinds of Losers to lose their mind completely and behave in totally irrational ways, and that is why I recommend to all Companies to administer drug tests to their employees.
But as a Leader, I have to be aware that much like Julius Caesar, more awareness of the circumstances and the enmities that lead misguided people to want to assassinate us in word, in action, and in deed, needs to be shared so that we may prevent some of those from happening. Because sometimes these assassinations today, do not involve daggers and swords, but are character assassinations, equally dastardly and painful or deadly, but that is how they often exist in our world.
Yet a strong Christian who believes above all Political parties, in the one party of the little known Carpenter from Nazareth — has got to rise above all that. Because no matter how painful these “assassinations” might be — we just have to avert our eyes, and stop our ears, very much like Julius Caesar did, and cover up our head in our own cloak to soak up the blood, and make sure that nobody sees the Leader crying.
And maybe we ought to remember that it usually involves a Conspiracy with many people involved, in order for the scoundrels to work up the riot that gives them the courage to attempt to bring down a Great Leader. That is what happened to me at the Microsoft building 27, this past week, where a group of premeditated “assassins” lured me in under the pretext of inviting me to give a Speech about Innovation, and they ended up attacking me, assaulting me, and ultimately denigrating me and my work.
And that is what we all suffer as Great upstanding Leaders in this Life and Time of Trials and Tribulations. In the Ides of March… in the period of Lent where great crimes of passion are committed, and where we all have to be careful and guard ourselves accordingly.
Beyond all of our personal travails – now I will speak of another Leader, the man known as the Carpenter of Nazareth, Jesus Christ, who was strong enough and went a step further, than what is humanly possible: Jesus having not a single bone of vengeance in his body — asked his Father, our God, to do nothing more and nothing less to his assassins — but to forgive them.
Let’s place that story in context in our own Life, and feel pity for our Assassins this time of the year as we relive this year’s time of Repentance.
Put another way: There are always plenty of Trials and Tribulations to come at the beginning of Spring, the so called Period of Lent.
And this of course brings up a bunch of questions for me, because I have slowly become aware of what my Lenten practice might be…
Indeed my practice might be Spiritual Core Strengthening Exercises. In other words, it just might be the development of some type of studied indifference towards the many ignominies and attacks the “small minded people” out there throw at me.
Or it might be the reflection of maturity towards the many slights and assaults of the enemies of Liberty and Human Free Will towards my outspoken Civil Rights.
Or it might be the series of many inimical rejections by the haters and the fascists.
I was asking the other day in my meditations “Why the Racists from Microsoft attacked me?”
Why do the MicroSerfs attack a person that speaks of Liberty and Freedom to Innovate?
Is it an extreme example of the Socratic teaching that Plato described as the “Cave Paradox?”
Why is it that the chained to the wall slaves, attack to kill the person that brings Liberty, Freedom and the news about the bright Sunlight and the breath of Fresh Air, existing outside the bondage of the Cave?
And maybe this is Why I was attacked inside Microsoft when I was just speaking of Liberty, and helping people get it, and showing them the road to the sunny uplands to go to with their Startups.
I came to MicroSoft to teach, and support the Spirit of Innovation, in order to assist this once great company with regaining Innovation that is now as elusive as Unicorns and rainbows in that campus of the MS company now known simply as the evil empire residing in Redmond Washington.
But I always choose the High Road, and find the right questions to assist me in finding my true bearings, learning from both Caesar and the Carpenter of Nazareth.
And that’s the secret to avoiding being resentful…
Ask the right questions.
Here it goes…
I usually start with this one:
“Where is love leading you today?”
Who is hard for you to love?
Might there not be a way for you to love that person that “assassinated” You, anyway?
What is the difference between your attacker’s description of you, your highest values, and the way you actually live?
What unfinished spiritual business do you have that ought to be completed in light of the trauma this assassination has generated?
What are you running away from, and what would happen if you stopped avoiding it, and started healing from the PTSD that you suffered?
What exists below the surface of the image you present to the world, and the one your attackers present?
What are you hiding bellow the surface?
And what would happen if you revealed what exists below the surface?
What can you discover by taking time to keep silence?
What arises out of your meditations?
What have you wrought through the courage to look deep within?
So now pray tell: What is getting in love’s way, for you?
What kind of help do you need?
Are you willing to ask for it in prayer?
Are you open to receive it?
What gift do you have to give today to those others, the assassins of humanity and to your attackers?
How does your decision to forgive them, and all those others that you do not know — affect all those evil people you know, or even if you don’t know, and will never meet?
What can you do to make life better for those poor misguided folks, and the assassins, and all other inimical people bloodying our world as some drunken misguided vulnerable people usually do in the wider world?
What message do you need to share, but don’t feel ready to give?
What can you do to get ready to share it?
It is a mystery to me why People attack us with the express purpose of assassination.
Yet maybe all of this is the other side of the Socratic Cave paradox, where Free people are always attacked because Slaves begrudge their Freedom and the personal Liberty the Real Leaders exhibit in their Life and Work.
Case in point Jesus, Julius, Trump, and I would deign to humbly include myself in that list of Great Men.
But maybe there is an even deeper secret and a mystery difficult to understand if you are a non believer. And that is the mystery that as Christians we have no lasting place on this earth, and that only God loves us the way we want to be loved…
And maybe, just maybe, all these attacks and assassinations, are reminders and warnings, that we are all travelers on the way to a sacred place where God will hold us in the palm of his hand and will forever place us in the soft place of his heart…
And for that I am Grateful.
Grateful to my assassins, including the indignities and the sufferings I’ve had to go through, to get there.