Gordian knot

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

All but experts would agree that a simple solution to a complex problem is better than none. The experts call problems ‘issues’, for when you call something a ‘problem’ you imply it can be or should be solved. If a problem was solved with, or God forbid, without their assistance, they call the solution simplistic; and rush to invent a new one. Not that there are no real problems, of course, but those are to be ignored. The experts’ ‘solutions’ are mostly impracticable, expensive, do not solve the problem, though they ”address” it; and usually create more serious problems. Serious for the working and wealth creating people, not for the parasitic nomenklatura of progies. The Big Green laughing all the way to their own banks and Obamacare are good examples.

For better or worse, mostly worse, the America’s “issues” are problems for the rest of the rapidly diminishing still relatively free world. A glance through the US media conglomerate products would indicate to a naïve visitor from Mars (and ninety-nine percent of Americans) that the forthcoming presidential elections matter. The USA quadrennial Theatre of the Absurd puts to shame the feeble imagination of Beckett, Tardieu, Ionesco, Mrozek or Havel. The self preservation instinct forces the media to perpetuate the myth of democracy just a little bit longer.

And now here comes Trump. Rich enough not to depend on we know who, smart enough to ignore the experts, and more attuned to ordinary people than, here I wanted to write the cherry tree vandal Washington, but…, say Ronald Reagan. No wonder they the progies’ nomenklatura i.e. academia, Left media, semi-Right media, Democrat apparatchiks, Republican apparatchiks, Big Business, Big Green version of Big Business, British Parliamentarians, imams, Jihadists etc hate him. The chap, in fact, is hated by everybody except the American people.

Well, at least that what it looks like at the moment, thought not on the ABC, The Guardian and the other extreme Left propaganda outlets, if you still waste your declining years with them. Disclosure – I don’t particularly like Donald T, and I would have never imagined in my worst nightmare (and I have some that even Hitchcock wouldn’t try to film) that in 2016 an American citizen would be forced to chose between clownish Trump and the senile communist Sanders or thoroughly amoral Clinton.

Can the take-no-prisoners New York (synonym for a dog-eat-dog society) billionaire lead America? Then again, the Alexander the Great’s reputation amongst his victims was not that great either, and after the Americans elected (twice) that half black, full Monty fraud that calls himself Obama who direct the media to suppress his middle name Hussain… why not Trump? Trump says that he would cut the Gordian knot which binds American people. If true it would be nice; and about a half of the century overdue.

The myth of the Gordian knot serves its purpose. From time to time, somebody has to do something drastic, well paid pondering of “experts” and faux-outrage of PC progies notwithstanding. Before we get too optimistic, let’s have a look on the Wiki – simplified version of the ancient myth:

At one time the Phrygians were without a king. An oracle at Telmissus (the ancient capital of Phrygia) decreed that the next man to enter the city driving an ox-cart should become their king. A peasant farmer named Gordias drove into town on an ox-cart. His position had also been predicted earlier by an eagle landing on his cart, a sign to him from the gods, and, on entering the city, Gordias was declared king. Out of gratitude, his son Midas dedicated the ox-cart to the Phrygian god Sabazios (whom the Greeks identified with Zeus) and tied it to a post with an intricate knot of cornel (Cornus mas) bark. The ox-cart still stood in the palace of the former kings of Phrygia at Gordium in the fourth century BC when Alexander arrived, at which point Phrygia had been reduced to a satrapy, or province, of the Persian Empire.

Several themes of myth converged on the chariot, as Robin Lane Fox remarks: Midas was connected in legend with Alexander’s native Macedonia, where the lowland “Gardens of Midas” still bore his name, and the Phrygian tribes were rightly remembered as having once dwelt in Macedonia. So, in 333 BC, while wintering at Gordium, Alexander the Great attempted to untie the knot. When he could not find the end to the knot to unbind it, he sliced it in half with a stroke of his sword, producing the required ends (the so-called “Alexandrian solution”). However, another solution is presented by Aristobulus, which indicates “he unfastened it quite easily by removing the pin which secured the yoke to the pole of the chariot, then pulling out the yoke itself.” That night there was a violent thunderstorm. Alexander’s prophet Aristander took this as a sign that Zeus was pleased and would grant Alexander many victories. Once Alexander had sliced the knot with a sword-stroke, his biographers claimed in retrospect that an oracle further prophesied that the one to untie the knot would become the king of Asia.”

Gordias, Midas – any resemblance to the Kennedy’s, Bush’s, would-be-Clinton’s dynasties? Is the ox-cart the free-economy-strangling Wall Street? Remove the pin?While you are digesting this, spare a thought for a benighted American citizen, who, feeling Lucky*, is waiting for Godot.

quill.1*/ When Beckett was asked why Lucky was so named, he replied, “I suppose he is lucky to have no more expectations..

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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