The Power of Vision
"What kind of future do I envision? What kind of self am I trying to develop?"
3/4 scale, Displayed Taplow Court from 1994 - 2004
Dionysius, the sovereign of Damocles, was irritated when he
realized the courtiers near to him would not believe it when he
said that the glorious throne was not as comfortable as it
appeared to be. In a court filled with flattery, envy, and vanity,
he could not put up with Damocles who persistently eulogized *
the sovereign's happiness. One evening, at a splendid banquet,
Dionysius ordered Damocles to sit on the throne and hung an
unsheathed sword above his head suspended by a single horse
hair. The weight of sword would soon snap the thin hair.
Damocles was forced to realize that a throne of glory is always
exposed to danger because of its very glory.
On 25 September 1961, a short time after John F Kennedy's
inauguration as President of the United States, he addressed the
sixteenth session of the United Nations General Meeting:
'Everyman, woman and child lives under a nuclear
sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads,
capable of being cut at any moment by accident or
miscalculation or madness.'
For Damocles, who appears in Greek legend, the sword hanging
above his head threatened to kill him alone. Kennedy, however,
was obliged to recognize that the nuclear sword of Damocles
suspended above his head would not only cause his death but
would be sure prelude to a holocaust on earth.
THE HUMAN REVOLUTION
BY DAISAKU IKEDA VOL.4
selected ( not in order) from pages163, 164, 165
In response to the tragic event that raised a million voices.
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