“When you’re older, you will realise the only thing that matters, the only thing, is that you had courage and honour. Lose those things and you won’t die any quicker, but you’ll be less than the dirt on our boots.” ― Conn Iggulden,
P U T T I N G I T A L L O N T H E L I N E
President Trump should consider himself very fortunate indeed that he does not live in an era when duelling was the acceptable way to defend one’s honor from public ridicule and defamation.
Duelling was not for everyone. It was reserved for only those in high standing. You had to be of noble birth or otherwise be considered “a gentleman” in order to even qualify to settle a dispute or quarrel or even prove/reclaim your honor by way of a duel.
You had to be either powerful, wealthy or both to engage in this activity and had to have a “second” by your side to accompany you to the duelling site.
The Aaron Burr–Alexander Hamilton duel was a duel between two prominent American politicians: the former secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, and sitting vice president, Aaron Burr, on July 11, 1804. At Weehawken, in New Jersey, Burr shot and mortally wounded Hamilton.
In those times the men squared off on the field of honor and let the fates decide who would live or die.
Today cowardly tweeters are able to inflict hurt and ruin personal reputations by merely having access to a computer and a working Twitter account. This approach is akin to being an online bully or hidden sniper who takes random pot shots at anyone or anything that displeases him.
It is interesting the Mr Trump’s wife has taken a stand against online bullying while being married to a man who has inflicted more harm than good in his short-term presidency. He seems to be challenging the entire world to engage in a twitter display of cunning, guile and half-truths.
Getting suckered in to such lunacy only debases the person responding and offers Mr Trump the ammunition he needs to stoke the embers of hatred and malice he feels in his heart.
I applaud former President Obama for playing it cool and not responding to the personal attacks which have been hurled from the WHite House impugning his good name and personal integrity.
It’s time to revoke Trump’s Twitter account and offer him a suitable alternative to occupy his time and talent. Perhaps an Erector set or finger painting kit might enthrall and captivate his unfocused attention at least in the short-term.
The duelling pistol has been replaced by the computer or iPhone but the result of a verbal assault can be as devastating as a bullet fired at close range. – – gc