I wish to appeal to my readers not to be in a hurry to crucify me as they read my articles particularly this very one as the point that shall be raised here may not go down well with those that are in the abode of religious cum mundane ignorance.
Men have conducted many separate, unrelated businesses successfully, with the aid of the master mind, but I have always believed they would have done much better had they confined their efforts entirely to one line of business. Splitting one's attention has effect of dividing one's powers.
Without doubt the privilege of exercising one's own initiative is the very last that any ambitious man and woman would wish to give up, for it is obvious that without this privilege noteworthy achievement becomes impossibility in any calling.
Nothing is more rewarding like the desire to do good things. The best prayer answered is the desire to practically liberate a soul from the quagmire cum cocoon of bondage. To see the good in others is the beauty of the future while to ignore or disregard appreciating good qualities of friends seen in the field of politics as foes is the pestilence that awaits the political critics.
The 16th Century wit, Aesop, in his fable on the Crow and the Sheep narrated that, “A troublesome Crow seated herself on the back of a sheep. The Sheep, much against his will, carried her backward and forward for a long time, and at last said, “if you had treated a dog in this way, you would have had your deserts from his sharp teeth.” To this the Crow replied, 'I despise the weak, and yield to the strong. I know whom I may bully, and whom I must flatter; and thus I hope to prolong my life to a good old age.
According to Plato in his metaphoric and poetic way of expressing higher reality, he told a story about Er, a warrior who came back to life on the funeral pyre, after having been believed dead. Er according to Plato, was said to have seen many things in the afterlife, but he was told that he must return to physical life to tell others what death is like.
The scorpion being a poor swimmer, asked a turtle to carry him on his back across a river. “Are you mad?” exclaimed the turtle. “You will sting me while I'm swimming and I'll drown.” “My dear turtle”, laughed the scorpion. “If I were to sting you, you would drown and I would go down with you. Now, where is the logic in that?”
The French literary icon, Willian Shakespeare, in his drama Macbeth, had the Dane of Cawdor declare, “why should I play the Roman fool and die, while I see my sword and gashes do them better?” Prudence said the Italian angelic Doctor of the Catholic Church, Saint Thomas of Aquinas, is a great virtue, but this virtue he postulated like the ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, rests in the middle of pusillanimity (or cowardice) and bravery. Thus, prudence as virtuous or authentic living rests in the middle of silence or indifference and excessive activism.