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Comments for The Faith of a Heretic http://www.krauselabs.net The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth. Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:15:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.22 Comment on The Rage of Achilles by Sheng http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/the-rage-of-achilles/comment-page-1/#comment-608132 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:15:33 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=191#comment-608132 Interesting read! Having re-studied this matter closely, I feel I must come to a different and surprising conclusion.

I feel that Achilles refusal to relent is actually his way of standing up for standards and justice, to forge order in a world of royal caprice and arbitrariness. If it was simply power and wealth he wanted, then with his supernatural fighting skills, he could easily have displaced Agamemnon.

If Achilles had simply allowed Agamemnon to take Briseis away without a terrible display of protest, he would have become an enabler of tyranny and incompetence, which hurts the whole world and posterity. If he had been readily accepting of Agamemnon’s compensation, that would just lead to settlement culture where the high and mighty can repeatedly steal from subordinates and throw a coin back every now and then.

Thus, by pulling a high profile Atlas Shrugged, Achilles benefitted the little man everywhere by leveraging his demigod abilities to create an example of justice that will serve as a reminder to contemporary and future leaders to respect the property and women of their subjects, to show decisive competence in leadership and war (i.e. don’t cover up plague cause). Agamemnon had no right to be so greedy and incompetent when the whole city and lion’s share of loot would be his eventually.

Off course, looting, slavery, collective responsibility and bloody loss of life is unacceptable nowadays. However, back then, it was unfortunately a thing. So we must analyze it from the standards of the time.

As for the wrath and blood lust, I feel we must look at this from the perspective of hospitality and brotherhood and filial trust. In those unstable times, the only security was family and the social fabric (i.e. trade, commerce, civilization) was welded together by hospitality. Paris violated this by seducing Helen and stealing Menelaues’ fortune while a guest. If this went unpunished, then civilization would break down. They didn’t have hotels or vast police forces and social services back then; food, shelter, security was provided by households. Hospitality to them is just as important as the banking system is to us.

Thus Achilles actions after Patrolcus’ death and his general brutality towards the Trojans was to set an example so awe inspiring that people in the future would think twice before violating the code of hospitality and or enabling others who do so.

We should also note that Achilles does fully respect his mother’s orders and was hospitable to King Priam, giving him protection and consideration. Moreover, he did not neglect funeral rites but held honorable funeral for Patroclus and got 12 days truce so that Priam could hold a splendid funeral for Hector (despite the fact that they should have forced Paris to return Helen and the stolen money promptly to Menelaus).

Thus, I feel that despite the crudeness that his actions may appear to give, he is selfless in that he forfeits using his strength to live a life of hedonistic tyranny, but instead uses it as leverage to force justice, excellence, competence and order, thus benefitting civilization at large. So he was kind of like an unwritten constitution. And that is why he is remembered as a Hero.

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Comment on Stoicism and Historical Action during the Nervan-Antonine Dynasty by Gilad Sommer http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/thesis/comment-page-1/#comment-608059 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:27:28 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=595#comment-608059 Great article, well researched and well written. Thank you.

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Comment on On Sam Harris (again) and the role of religion by Yuri http://www.krauselabs.net/on-sam-harris-again-and-the-role-of-religion/comment-page-1/#comment-607117 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:30:29 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?p=2297#comment-607117 Those ancestor spirits totally exist tho.

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Comment on Chris Krause by William McKenzie http://www.krauselabs.net/chris-krause/comment-page-1/#comment-593747 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:59:41 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=1543#comment-593747 Hi, so it’s currently 3:00 am and I’m supposed to be writing a research paper for English due in six hours, but I got here searching for sources. I’m planning on citing your “Hebrew God vs Greek Pantheon” article, and somehow I navigated to your D&D mythological one shot. I notice that post was made about 2 years ago, but I just thought I’d comment.
It appears that the classics and D&D always manage to find me…

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Comment on Advice for The New Archivist: Veterans In The Field Explain How To Survive by The Great Job Hunt | Jazz the Archivist http://www.krauselabs.net/advice-for-the-new-archivist-veterans-in-the-field-explain-how-to-survive/comment-page-1/#comment-589448 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:09:53 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?p=1457#comment-589448 […] only reached out, I would have learned that I was not alone. I would have come across stuff like thisĀ and understood the difficulty in finding an archives job. I would have known that no, not all my […]

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Comment on Pre-Apartheid Segregation through Cry, The Beloved Country by Katia http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/pre-apartheid-segregation-through-cry-the-beloved-country/comment-page-1/#comment-582546 Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:40:44 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=546#comment-582546 worth reading thanks

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Comment on Bellicorum Instrumentorum Liber by References: | lostmediaoldbutgoldwordpresscom http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/bellicorum-instrumentorum-liber/comment-page-1/#comment-575790 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:14:59 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=950#comment-575790 […] http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/bellicorum-instrumentorum-liber/ […]

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Comment on Bellicorum Instrumentorum Liber by Giovanni de la Fontana – Engineer and Magician | lostmediaoldbutgoldwordpresscom http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/bellicorum-instrumentorum-liber/comment-page-1/#comment-574642 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:32:33 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=950#comment-574642 […] http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/bellicorum-instrumentorum-liber/ […]

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Comment on The Rage of Achilles by Deborita http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/the-rage-of-achilles/comment-page-1/#comment-565614 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 01:57:00 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=191#comment-565614 I love the relationship beetewn the Gods and men no men are not supposed to be responsible, it’s the Gods who are in charge and if men dare to forget it they are in big, big trouble. Remember Oedipus? Well, because he’s such a smartass and answers the Sphinx’s riddle, he trespasses on the territory of Apollo who is the God of intelligence. Hence he is doomed to win his mother as a booby prize. I find it such an intriguingly impossible situation beetewn the Gods and men. Gods are made in the image of men at their worst it would seem power hungry, bitchy, jealous, vengeful. They are men truly magnified.Loved your post, by the way!!

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Comment on Herodotus: Father of History? by Holly http://www.krauselabs.net/writings/herodotus-father-of-history/comment-page-1/#comment-540308 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:02:48 +0000 http://www.krauselabs.net/?page_id=331#comment-540308 Hi there, I am looking to reference this page for a Uni essay. Please could you provide me with the following information: the author of the article, when the page was last updated and who published it. Many thanks in advance, Holly

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