Bread and beans for me please.

The story has been passed on for centuries about the philosopher Diogenes who was seen sitting on a curb, eating bread and beans for his supper. It was the philosopher Aristippus who made note of it. Aristippus, lived comfortably by flattering the king (so it was said).

Aristippus came up to Diogenes and said, "If you would learn to be subservient to the king, you would not have to live on beans." Diogenes responded, "Learn to live on beans, and you will not have to cultivate the king."

Where does your understanding of power come from? Where is it that you find the ability to influence people? The diplomas on our walls, the titles after our names, the homes we live in, the cars we drive, the associations we belong to, even our sports teams are used to build up ourselves...or dismiss others.

Whose side are you on? When Treebeard was asked that by two hobbits in Tolkien's Two Towers, the old Ent was quick to note that no one was on his side! The more and more the followers of Jesus associate with sides, the closer we move to kings and the further away from our King.

Maybe Mr. Wendal can still teach us a thing or two...


Scott said...

Good thoughts Ken. How a very time reminder with '12 election season in its preseason.

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