adventures in dysthymia

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Philistia

Was Samson nothing more than another terrorist, murdering Philistines, destroying their crops? Perhaps Delilah is the true heroine of that tale, the undercover agent who finally brought him down.

Generations have been taught to revere the long-haired freedom fighter, God’s guerrilla, and think not of the darkness in him, that savagery. Would not most of us, in truth, have sided with those civilized Philistines, living a life not so unlike our own in their cities by the sea?

We would tend our olive trees, seeking only peace and profit, and scorn those barbarous Hebrews up there in the hills. But the Philistine cities died out, and the Hebrews and their ideas flourished. Do you feel the pillars of the temple shake? Our world, too, may fall about us.

Stephen Brooke ©2016

And we might ask the same of Judas Maccabeus, mightn't we? This is a thought that is possibly going to show up in a novel one of these days.

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