On behalf of the masses- I so hope this is NOT Lenin’s last word. He has much more to convey. Sadly he is up against an army of disbelievers or antagonists.
Lenin- the work is important; nothing else . Carol
Marcus Aurelius entreated people to ‘Do everything as a disciple of Antoninus (Marcus’ imperial predecessor, Antoninus Pius). “Remember his constancy in every act which was conformable to reason, and his evenness in all things, and his piety, and the serenity of his countenance, and his sweetness, and his disregard of empty fame, and his efforts to understand things; and how he would never let anything pass without having first most carefully examined it and clearly understood it; and how he bore with those who blamed him unjustly without blaming them in return; how he did nothing in a hurry; and how he listened not to calumnies, and how exact an examiner of manners and actions he was; and not given to reproach people, nor timid, nor suspicious, nor a sophist; and with how little he was satisfied, such as lodging, bed, dress, food, servants; and how laborious and patient; and his firmness and uniformity in his friendships; and how he tolerated freedom of speech in those who opposed his opinions; and the pleasure that he had when any man showed him anything better; and how religious he was without superstition. Imitate all this that thou mayest have as good a conscience, when thy last hour comes, as he had“.
In every respect, many unthinking, fame-seeking, blaming, reproachful, oppulent, intolerant, back-stabbing, bigoted, and uncaring politicians of today do not imitate Antoninus Pius. They encourage people to condemn the weak and sick, and to praise the acquisition of wealth as the meaning of life.
As mice, the majority of the underclass nibble on the scraps of food in their trap, their squeals being drowned by the contemptuous drone of their masters’ voice; yet a minority prowl in their cages, waiting to pounce on their oppressors. Those of the middling mind imitate their masters’ contempt of the weak and fear of the mob.
And so what is known as politics goes on forever.