Purple and a Chain of Gold – The Rewards of Wisdom

Egyptian Royalty Gold Chain – Wikipedia

For we have seen and know that this is the best choice both in life and after death. A man must take with him into the world below an adamantine faith in truth and right, that there too he may be undazzled by the desire of wealth or the other allurements of evil, lest, coming upon tyrannies and similar villainies, he do irremediable wrongs to others and suffer yet worse himself; but let him know how to choose the mean and avoid the extremes on either side, as far as possible, not only in this life but in all that which is to come. For this is the way of happiness.”

Excerpt From

The Republic

Plato

And this is the inscription that was written:

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.”

 “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your [d]father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your [e]father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.”

Excerpts from

The Holy Bible, New King James Version

Daniel 5:11; Daniel 5:25

When King Belshazzar needed an interpretation of a very strange vision, none would suffice but one with “light and understanding and excellent wisdom” – Daniel.

Like his father King Nebuchadnezzar before him though, pride would not let Belshazzar heed the words of wisdom. Pride led to the fall of two generations back to back. Both times, despite warnings from Daniel, however pride grips so tightly that many will not be penitent even if it was to save their kingdoms.

World leaders today more than ever need the light and understanding and excellent wisdom of Daniel to read the hand writing on the wall, however many have rather taken the self destruct path of pride. Furthermore, how many, like Daniel, are ready to “interpret” correctly to world leaders today? Worse still, how many leaders seek counsel from the wise? How many heed? These days, is it the sycophants or those who tell world leaders the truth that gain the purple cloth with a chain of gold round their necks?

Purple historically signifies many things, amongst which are royalty, aristocracy & honor. Gold a precious metal has always been held in high esteem from time immemorial.

Like Daniel, Joseph at just 30 years of age received linen and a gold chain round his neck for his wise counsel to pharaoh. His counsel led to the preservation of Pharaohs kingdom despite prolonged famine. While world leaders of antiquity seemed to be rewarding Daniel and Joseph with purple and gold chains, a close examination will reveal to you, that those leaders were actually the ones being rewarded by wisdom of those extraordinary men. Apart from the ceremonies of colorful clothes and gold, on both occasions, those leaders kept these men close and promoted them to positions of authority; Joseph became second in command, Daniel third (different times and different kingdoms – the principles are the same). The leader that must succeed, must surround himself with men and women of extraordinary vision, capacity and wisdom; otherwise such a one would have been shipwrecked even before getting aboard!

“I was shipwrecked before I got aboard.” I shall not add how that happened, lest you may reckon this also as another of the Stoic paradoxes; and yet I shall, whenever you are willing to listen, nay, even though you be unwilling, prove to you that these words are by no means untrue, nor so surprising as one at first sight would think.”

Excerpt from

Letters from A Stoic

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

Excerpt from

The Holy Bible

New King James Version

Genesis 41:42

 “Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

Excerpt from

The Holy Bible

New King James Version

Daniel 5:29

A purple T Shirt – Wikipedia

Many things pleased me in the order of our State, but there was nothing which I liked better than the regulation about poetry. The division of the soul throws a new light on our exclusion of imitation. I do not mind telling you in confidence that all poetry is an outrage on the understanding, unless the hearers have that balm of knowledge which heals error. I have loved Homer ever since I was a boy, and even now he appears to me to be the great master of tragic poetry. But much as I love the man, I love truth more, and therefore I must speak out: and first of all, will you explain what is imitation, for really I do not understand? ‘How likely then that I should understand!’ That might very well be, for the duller often sees better than the keener eye. ‘True, but in your presence I can hardly venture to say what I think.”

Excerpt From

The Republic

Plato

Dr Ande Elisha

The Amateur Philosopher

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