The Jovian Sayings
- onOctober 24, 2014
- Vol.24 Summer 2014
- byBok Geo-il
- The Jovian Sayings
Tr. Bok Geo-il 2014112pp.
To a politician, nothing is more important than choosing one’s foe well. If one chooses a man too strong for oneself as one’s foe, one will be in mortal danger. If one chooses a small man as one’s foe, one will become small oneself. If one’s attention is fixed to a false foe, one won’t be ready when a real foe appears. When one destroys all visible foes, there will arise an invisible foe within one’s bosom.
- Miriam Hahn
On coming to power, Timothy Goldstein (2773-2895), president of East Ganymede, began to persecute Chris Hermann, who had competed with him in the presidential election. In a long article titled ‘One Good Foe is Worth Ten Friends’ in the Jovian Gazette, Miriam Hahn urged Goldstein to desist from such attitude and instead regard Hermann as a proper ‘foe.’ She pointed out that a political leader should choose a good ‘foe’ and supported her argument with examples from the history of East Ganymede.
“Our history after the division clearly shows this point. President Mistral Chao regarded the Crystal Group that split off from her Democratic Party as the most menacing foe. So, she did not clearly recognize the threat posed by the ambitious military in an economically distressed society and was ousted from presidency only two years after her election by the 7/17 Military Coup.”
“President Julian Peletier, a no-nonsense professional soldier, did not brook any opposition. To him, all opponents were people who opposed for opposition’s sake and who were no more than objects for political engineering. Unfortunately, without any foe outside, there appeared a foe within. At the apogee of his political career, Peletier was assassinated by his intelligence chief whom he had trusted with political engineering.”