King Midas

Jonathan Turley's full opening statement | Trump impeachment hearings

"It's this clash, between the authoritarian and the liberal democracy, that I believe to be the major ideologcal conflict of my time - not some concocted, prejudiced notion of an East-West divide, or of a resurrected crusade against Christendom or Islam.

Authoritarian states are typically not governments of laws, but governments of leaders, who demand loyalty from their subjects and are hostile to dissent.

Liberal-democratic states, by contrast, make no or few such demands, but depend almost solely on each citizen voluntarily assuming the responsibility of protecting the freedoms of everyone else around them, regardless of their race, ethnicity creed, ability, sexuality, or gender.

Any collective guarantee, predicated not on blood but on assent, will wind up favoring egalitarianism - and though democracy has often fallen far short of its ideal, I still believe it to be the one form of governance that nost fully enables people of different backgrounds to live together, equal before the law.

This equality consists not only of rights but also of freedoms.

In fact, many of the rights most cherished by citizens of democraies aren't even provided for in law except by implication. They exist in that open-ended empty space created through the restriction of government power.

For example, Americans only have a 'right" to free speech because the government is forbidden from making any law restricting that freedom, and a "right" to a free press because the government is forbidden from making any law to abridge it.

They only have a"right" to worship freely because the government is forbidden from making any law respecting an establishment of religion, and a "right" to peaceably assemble and protest because the government is forbidden from making any law that says they can't." - Edward Snowden

"The London gold fix-all of the major pricing mechanisms for calculating government economic policy as well as commercial decisions - has been discredited because of manipulation by self-interested traders.

In the case of the gold fix, designed to not only fix a price for settling contracts between members of the London bullion market but to provide a recognized rate to benchmark pricing for the majority of gold products and derivatives throughout the world, an employee of Barclays (took fix from N. M. Rothschild & Sons) manipulated the process to prevent a derivative previously sold to a client from leading to a payout." - Patricia Goldstone

Once Dionysus' schoolmaster and foster father, the satyr Silenus, became drunk on wine and wandered away.

Silenus is found by some Phrygian peasants, who carried him to their king, Midas.

King Midas treats him hospitably, entertaining him for nine days and nights with politeness, while Silenus entertained Midas and his friends with stories and songs.

The next day King Midas took Silenus back to Dionysus.

Dionysus offers Midas a choice of reward.

Without thinking rationally King Midas asked that whatever he might touch should be changed into .

Dionysus warns him that once granted the boon could not be removed, refusing to think twice, King Midas insists.

King Midas picks up an oak twig and nothing happens.

Then he thought - perhaps it must touch bare flesh!

King Midas removes his glove and picks up a stone.

It miraculously turns into !

King Midas, overjoyed, orders his servants to prepare a magnificent feast of the best food to be found in the land.

King Midas finds it impossible to grasp the food!

He had servants try to feed him but as the food touched his lips it became inedible turning instantly into .

King Midas jumped up from the feast table and in so doing brushed his trusted servant with his bare arm.

Instantly the man turned into !

Confused King Midas took a walk in his garden touching a whose heavenly scent he had enjoyed so much previously only to watch it turn into .

King Midas had a servant hold a up to his nose but it brushed his lip turning instantly to .

King Midas began to weep as the tragedy that had befallen him became readily apparent.

King Midas' daughter returned from an outing and was apprized of the situation.

Taking pity she went to the garden to comfort him.

They set apart from each other as King Midas was terrified at the prospect of turning his daughter into .

King Midas now had all the any man could ever want but realized to late that although was pretty its only true value was as a vehicle of trade.

King Midas grew thirsty and hungry.

Emaciated King Midas grew weaker with chronic fatigue.

As his mind weakening rapidly on the third day unable to think he attempted to wipe a tear from his daughter's check and accidently turned her into .

At this point King Midas lost his mind and flung himself into the garden pond which instantly enveloped him as it turned into .

King Midas, now encased in , had more than any one man could ever want but had found out the hard way that man can not live on alone.

golden treasure

Five Hundred Doblón

One of Junaid's disciple came to him with

a heavy wood box containing five hundred doblón.

'Have you any more money than this?' asked the Sufi.

'Yes, I have,' replied the disciple.

'Do you desire more?' asked the Sufi.

'Yes, I do,' replied the disciple.

'Then you must keep it, for you are more in need than I;

for I have no possessions and desire no possessions.

Yet you have a great deal and still want more.'

Farid al-Din Attar of Nishapur

How our brains know trash from treasure

worship money

The Miser and the Angel of Death

A miser had accumulated, by effort, trade and lending, five hundred doblón.

The tightwad had lands and buildings, all kinds of wealth.

The penny-pincher decided he would spend a year in enjoyment, living comfortably, and then decide as to what his future should be.

Almost as soon as he had stopped amassing money, the Angel of Death appeared before him, to take his life away.

The miser tried, by every argument which he could muster, to dissuade the Angel, who seemed, however, adamant.

Then the man said: 'Grant me but three more days, and I will give you two hundred doblón.'

The Angel refused, and pulled again at the miser's life, tugging at it.

Then the moneygrubber said: 'If you will only allow me two more days on earth, I will give you three hundred doblón from my store.'

But the Angel would not listen to him.

The Angel even refused to give the man a solitary extra day for all five hundred doblón.

Then the miser said: 'Please, then, give me just time enough to write one little thing down.'

This time the Angel allowed him this single concession.

The tightwad wrote, in his own blood:

eagle over snake

enjoy life

Farid al-Din Attar of Nishapur

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