Dec 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

2009

13 comments:

Devin said...

Happy New Year to you also-love your blog!

L. Julius Maximus said...

Happy New Year! Continue to guard your Thermopylae in 2009!

Ern said...

HA! I am now referring to Eternal Remont as Thermopylae. Love it.

L. Julius Maximus said...

You know, I have a pessimistic view about democratisation in post-Soviet [prostranstvo], therefore I compare any dissenting voice from this quagmire to Thermopyleans - they continued to guard Thermopylae even though they knew from the beginning "that the Medes will break through after all" as C.P. Cavafy wrote

L. Julius Maximus said...

Though it is written by Cavafy about 50 years ago, I dedicate this poem to you!

Thermopylae
Honor to those who in the life they lead
define and guard a Thermopylae.
Never betraying what is right,
consistent and just in all they do
but showing pity also, and compassion;
generous when they're rich, and when they're poor,
still generous in small ways,
still helping as much as they can;
always speaking the truth,
yet without hating those who lie.
And even more honor is due to them
when they foresee (as many do foresee)
that Ephialtis will turn up in the end,
that the Medes will break through after all..

L. Julius Maximus said...

clarification: I am pessimistic not because I think that post-soviet people are not capable to create and sustain a democracy, but because I am afraid all these post-soviet Saddams won't go, and won't let others to oust them. Even someone is ousted at the end, ousters themselves became tyrants ;-)(R)

Ern said...

Oh, I understand why you call us Thermopylae. I take it as a compliment.

L. Julius Maximus said...

You call it "a compliment", Pirates and Diplomats calls it "a flattery", but I do sincerely admire your blog and your work.

Continue to guard your Thermopylae!

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