THE SWORD OF DAMOCLES

5/14/2017

An ancient parable written in the 3rd century BC; it represents the dangers of extreme power. The story is based on an obsequious (ass kisser) servant named Damocles, who was courtier under the tyrannical king, Dionysius II of Syracuse, Sicily. Damocles would express his feelings about how lucky Dionysius was to be surrounded by so much luxury and would love to trade places with him for just one day. Surprisingly, the king agreed, and Damocles was seated on the golden throne. He was pampered by servants with exotic foods and massaged with fragrant oils. He was also given instructions to remain on the ceremonial chair and bask in all its delights. Somewhere during those heavenly hours, Damocles looked up and noticed the king had a large sword installed above the throne, suspended by a single horsehair from the handle. This ominous situation caused the nervous and terrified Damocles to beg to be relieved from his ordeal, of which Dionysius complied. From great power and its rewards comes great risk. This allegory should be applied to modern circumstances, such as in the medical profession. If surgery is mandated, a trust pact between the patient, his head surgeon and the anesthesiologist would dictate that 3 sharp swords would be suspended above each individual electromagnetically. This electrical force would be tied into the vitals of the patient, and if that individual were to die, the field would collapse and the blades would free fall into their targets. This would eliminate all unnecessary surgery and force all the parties to assess the risk. Greed and vanity would be eliminated from the equation. Anyone playing God would face the consequences, and only serious individuals with unique skill sets would be up to the task. Golf T times and Mercedes-Benz options would no longer set the parameters of surgery, and medical costs would plummet because in the CFO’s office is one more suspended sword hanging over his head. 

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