THE EMPIRE IS NAKED

“An Emperor who cares for nothing but his wardrobe hires two weavers who promise him the finest suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “just hopelessly stupid”. The Emperor cannot see the cloth himself, but pretends that he can for fear of appearing unfit for his position or stupid; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they dress him in mime and the Emperor then marches in procession before his subjects. A child in the crowd calls out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but holds himself up proudly and continues the procession.”

3 responses to “THE EMPIRE IS NAKED

  1. from wikipedia…..”The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was written by English historian Edward Gibbon and published in six volumes. Volume I was published in 1776, and went through six printings. Volumes II and III were published in 1781; volumes IV, V, VI in 1788–89. The original volumes were published in quarto sections, a common publishing practice of the time. It stands as a major literary achievement of the 18th century because it was adopted as a model for the methodologies of modern historians. This led to Gibbon being called the first modern historian of Ancient Rome.”

    Gibbons wrote of the decline and fall of the roman empire around the time of the American revolution. Something to think about.

  2. I am glad to see the coverage of invisible unemployment- those who drop from the rolls. Personal experience: I was laid off due to a plant closure in VA in 2009. By the grace of God I landed a 2 year contract job (500 miles from home) 7 months later, I heard from two of my peers witbin the last months. One is STILL looking; the other is working in a day care at minimum wage though she has has an accounting degree and was working in that capacity! I am afraid what will happen when this job ends (I am 59 and support 5 people). And so it goes…

  3. With your tag, nakedempire, you really need to read Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth Series. Your theme and Mr Goodkind’s story are in-alignment. And the series is a terrific read. Naked Empire, by Terry Goodkind

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