I’ve got nothing prepared for today. Celebrating Easter with my family was a vortex of time and “I’ll have time to do it later” excuses.
Nevertheless, I do have something to say, it’s on the wisdom of the ancients. So I’ll make this brief: Aristotle wrote in his Politics that states should stay “small” and “self-sufficient,” and that getting too big was a bad thing (in territory-wise I believe.)
Obviously, this may come from Aristotle’s historical knowledge and ethnocentrism. He lived in a Greek polis, which would be like New York City being its own country. Then again, all the empires that Aristotle knew did not fare so well in history, thinking of Persia (three times basically, Darius I at Marathon, Xerxes I at Salamis and Platea, and Alexander taking it from Darius III). While I hate to get political, just think on this (I find it somewhat humorous)
The European Union, that great experiment of brotherhood of humanity, plagued by the Syrian refugees, the Greek economic crisis, and Italy pending to be worse than Greece. It is, indeed, a sad state of affairs.
Important things, however, have captured the attentions of the French and British. Apparently, French buyers have purchased the ring of St. Joan of Arc, but did so incorrectly! Now there’s questions of the British bringing it back and selling it again, since the French buyers didn’t get the proper export license. What are the French worried about? That a British man would purchase it! Isn’t it ironic that an icon of the Hundred Years War between France and Britain would still be causing trouble between those two?
So here’s an idea: Symbolism. What does that ring mean? Who does it belong to? Are there examples in literature of small round objects causing trouble and battling among a group of people?
ahem… other than, perhaps, the Beethoven’s 9th of Fantasy Literature: The Lord of the Rings?
P.S. Quick after-thought; imagine a story about a 19 year old girl leading the armies of France into battle against an ancient foe and lifting the Siege of Orleans? Doesn’t sound like history, but it is… History can be so much fun…