Windows on the World of Raymond Plank
Founder, Apache Corp
Vol. 2010 No. 6
"Caesar, Life of a Colossus"

Throughout recorded history, human beings, with the largest brains of living matter, have wrestled with keeping ego in balance with a semblance of individual and collective sense of humility and morality.


Within the recorded history of “Caesar, Life of a Colossus,” the battle raged, well told by its author, Adrian Goldsworthy in the several decades of 50 years B.C. (Before Christ), within which era Caesar achieved recognition, power, and wealth as he extended the Roman Empire from Asia and Egypt, throughout Europe, and northeast to the British Isles, sweeping across tribes and the North Sea into the British Isles and Germany to the east.  Well educated in both Latin and Greek, an orator, politician, and great general, he defeated the armies that opposed him, and incorporated lands and ransom into his net, until he was in turn stabbed to death, and his empire began to fragment.


Was Caesar too cruel when he ordered the heads of the opposing enemies lopped off, too forgiving when he took and held hostages among his enemies, granted them lands on which to grow crops, while taxing them with food to provision his armies, and returning riches to the people who supported his triumphs?  Frankly, such questions are not the real issues, for Caesar was of his era, and we are of ours.  That which stands out in our era, technology and conspicuous consumption have raced ahead of our collective will and ability to enable the heart and soul of the human race to keep pace, and balance the components of good with evil.


Everywhere one looks and listens there is so much to be done, so much work to be done.