Power is not virtue but the Honour
edited: Thursday, October 03, 2002
By Fayaz Buriro
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2002
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One day my nearest friend "Wattayo" had told this story, and here I'm sharing this with you....
One day in the mid-sixth century BC, a wandering Greek sage appeared at the court of Crosus said to be the richest man on the earth. The lydian despot received the visitor the hospitably, and even showed him the loyal treasure chamber.
“Now tell me!” the monarch demanded, “ you’ve journeyed far and seen much. Who is the most fortune man you have ever met?”
“Why?” the visitor replied: “Any way I tell you, the most richest and fortune man on earth is Tellus of Athens”.
Croses was taken aback. Who was this Tellus to be more fortune than Croses himself? And so the sage explained. Tellus had been a free citizen of Athens, a well governed Greek city state. His sons were brave and virtuous, and they had given him many fine grand children. Then, after a long and productive life , Tellus had died in Heroic battle for his fellow Athians, who remembered him with honour and gratitude. What more could any man want?
Honour and virtue are more valuable than material wealth: better to be private Greek Citizen than the most powerful Monarch."
What about then this society when it goes harshly toward the foolish manners?
This is a question for us......