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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 21:14    Post subject: Musings on the Subject of Tyrants Reply with quote

The Lordling lounged in the vibrohammock, fanning himself with the printout announcing the newly formed "Confederacy". As he idly scanned through the holo-reels of galactic history, he mused silently to himself, "None...No, not a single one survives...". No Confederacy, or any other organisation for that matter, formed in bonds of dishonor, had ever stood the test of time. True, they had raged, one after another, after another, down through the ages, causing death, destruction, terror, and committing horrors unspeakable, but in the end, they had all failed and perished; some at the hand of mighty alliances, desperately forged to oppose them, some by turning on themselves, or sometimes even a combination of both. This one would be no different, for it will always be the fate of the darkness to give way to the light. Softly, he said to himself, "There's nothing worse than a tyrant who thinks he's liberating you....Except maybe a roomful of them". Humming absentmindedly, he blotted his anterior vent with the printout, and tossed it unerringly into the atomizer chute.

Incidentally, in the holo-reels, he had found many gems of wisdom:

This, and no other, is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Plato

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or another, in order that the people may require a leader.
Plato

In every tyrant's heart there springs, in the end, this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
Aeschylus

Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
Elbert Hubbard

The tyrant always talks as if he's preserving the best interests of his people when he actually acts to undermine them.
Ramman Kenoun

The Laird did not know these quoted men personally, but they sounded very wise to him, nonetheless.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 05:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

... then michimike took off his mind-projection-helmet.

"Very interesting thing" he said "to read the mind of other imperators over more than 1000 LY".

"Funny that we planted this test probe on the throne of Lordling... or do all imperators all over the galaxy think about our confederacy? What do they expect from it? The confederacy wasn't planned as such a bad thing as the people now think. What have we done wrong? Is it always the same, that such pacts of peace and coherence will be decried by the rest of the galaxy? But most of them don't have to fear anything from us.
And why does he call us Tyrant? Or why does he compare us with Tyrants in past? I hope I can do something to change the other peoples minds...."

But little did he know, that behind his chair, there was another prototype of this mind-reading probe... and maybe someone far away would have read what michimike thought...
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