The Ways of Kings

Kings and other high personages have different ways of dealing with their station in life.

Legend has it that Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of  a tumultuous parade, riding in a triumphal chariot with dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning–that he was mortal and all glory is fleeting.

On the other hand, my study of history seems to tell me that most rulers or victors surround themselves with sycophants who whisper how wonderful, brave, and wise they are.

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