When still callow and burdened with little understanding to distinguish between a Fact and a Popular Opinion, I was asked by my Professor the meaning of Xanthipee, I blurted with youthful effervescence that the word meant a “shrewish woman” and that the word derived its meaning from Socrates’ wife’s name, who was supposed to have been a shrew.After reading Xenophon, well into my forties, I realised that the name had assumed a meaning without any contemporary authority to back that ascription. Neither Plato nor Xenophon, ever say that Xanthipee was a shrew in any of their writings. However the line ‘after thunder comes the rain’ and the various paintings of Xanthipee emptying a chamber pot on to the head of Socrates, had to be explained to be consistent with the popular beliefs and consequently the idea that Xanthipee was a shrew, has come to stay.A maligning based on popularised beliefs!Facts do not stand alone, they network in a way that envelops the reader into a possibility. Socrates’ sayings and the writings of Xenophon lucidly show that Socrates was a reasonable and honourable man prone a little too much in explaining the lives of those who were living it.It sounded to many as a nice explanation of what their lives were, and how worthy they were.He built a consciousness of a human view of itself.Secondly Socrates showed the Virtuous side of it and named it Good.Thirdly, how Good was Desirable.Finally, how and why a man has to Strive for the desired goal.Socrates showed how a Man through observing and studying oneself, one would know, as much about the outer world, and function perfectly in the external world too!Three fifty years before salvation was brought by Jesus, Socrates brought the thought of making man look both inside and outside himself- Man got over a hunger based Life.The greatest thought Socrates left behind was social responsibility with honourable goodness through effort.
Archive for July, 2018
Croatia beat England to reach World Cup final for 1st time
This semifinal match is the most pedestrian match at this level. England having scored their first goal within the first ten minutes of the start are behaving like those kids which failed marshmallow test- no plan- just grab the ball and run to the Croatian end. Kane had been offsided at least twice within twenty minutes.Scoring the first goal within the opening minutes of any football game against a mediocre team is a sure recipe for the standards of the game to hit new lows. Sure enough, I have quit watching after the first half an hour – watch! NOT the first half.England wants to be in the finals. That’s it. They have colonised Croatia and no need for keeping up the international standards of the game. Pity, when the result is the only thing.Yesterday, even after France had taken the lead, they didn’t let their game slacken to merely aim at possession, even though Mbappa was puerile enough to delay throws and free kicks of Belgium in the second half.Kane appears to be desperate to add some international WC goals to his kitty. Kane is not interested in being in position to feed the ball to some of his teammates who probably have a better view and chance, he is all tied up behind the Croatian defenders.France, despite having scored at the 51st minute, did string some poetic passes at the goalmouth of Belgium, though nothing fructified.Those flipped back passes, and pushes to vacant slots where teammates are likely to reach ahead of the defenders and other individual brilliance is what soccer is all about- jingoism notwithstanding. At least that makes great spectacle.With the exit of Brazil, standards have fallen to European club levels.Hope at least in the finals the traditional rivals would raise the standards of this spectator sport and not a statistical affair.
A Footman with a horse doesn’t become a Cavalryman!
Skills, my friend, skills, is what matters. Aspiration with good fortune can fetch a horse but riding skills is not only a question of opportunity, but acquiring skills through practice.After acquisition of riding skills, where it is applied determines the person’s contribution to himself and/or the society.One could become a show jumper, a lion tamer on a horse in a circus, or a warrior. Opportunities could be created like King David of Israel, where he marketed to Saul, his skills as a slinger when his father assigned him the job of being a Swiggy boy to his brothers and Abner.Or because of adverse Times be in the jail, like the Joseph of Genesis, and learn bookkeeping, store management, reporting, prioritising the institutional requirements; and thereafter, when Joseph met the cupbearer identified that he would be released and restored to his position with the Pharaoh, requested him to remember him of his innocence and obtain for Joseph release by putting in a good word.Circumstances are different, but application without skills might get relief, but not RECOGNITION. Joseph could have been released, but to be out in charge of Egypt required skills.Astride a horse never made one a cavalryman.Get the skills & market it. Time will redeem the persistent.
Whether one is Right or not, is known only when one is powerless to the point of Death. Any powerful person is Right because of the implications of the Power he wields. But whether he is Right or not is known only when he is powerless. When Jesus made Himself powerless by Not Summoning the Legion of Angels from His Father in Heaven, he made Himself Powerless by Choice. A choice which is seldom exercised by humans in such a situation. He postponed the exercise of this power because He said He had been given the Power to Resurrect Himself from Death. After His crucifixion Jesus resurrects Himself. That makes Jesus, God.
How can I get more logically certain about Jesus’ divinity?
I watched and wondered how Belgium was able to thwart left flank forward Neymar from even having a view of the goal – post to post- of the Belgium side.
From the attacker’s view from the front, the Belgian backs and the other midfielders on defence line up in a position not in a single line horizontally or even diagonally. Except the extreme end defenders, each defender was placed randomly blocking the view of the Belgian goal. Thereby in split second the Brazil forward is unable to see the chinks between the defenders.
If you had observed the shots were either the corner ends of the post or the crossbar of the goal post. They were palmed off for a corner.
When one sees bats fly, they never fly in a symmetrical formation, reason being that they go not by sight or by echolocation, therefore they do not form a phalanx. Each bat is on its own and has to fly finding a path for itself it doesn’t ‘follow’ another bat – unless the reason is a fight or mate!
The Brazil forwards are used to the lined up defence, which is for offside trap, when they saw this random formation they had to either try below the crossbar or incurving ball, where they couldn’t make it.
It must be interesting to watch the semifinals of Belgium match against France, I suppose.
But Brazil’s playmaking was poetry. It is a pity that they were pitted against the next best in the quarterfinals itself, denying them of a podium finish.
To understand I have pictorially done a bat formation for my own hypothesis, maybe I am wrong, but worth reducing it to a written thought.