Of course, that was the common sense, karma-believer view of the average Joe/Jane in Sri Lanka in 1993...
Of course, that was the common sense, karma-believer view of the average Joe/Jane in Sri Lanka in 1993. And the eulogy to his fallen friend Caesar, by Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony) beginning with ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears’, is one of the most quoted lines of Shakespeare.
In this column, I wish to reminisce on Mark Antony’s mob-manipulating oration and the lucid rendition of Brutus’s reasoning for the assassination of Caesar.
Almost every country (including Sri Lanka), during the last two millennia, had seen the rise of politicians who modeled themselves as a Caesar and suffered the fate of the Roman emperor.
And the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa is the latest example.
Though these academics have been successful in projecting themselves as ‘know-all’ seers who can predict the trends of suicide bombing, they have hardly focused on the hurdles that puncture the rigor of released details in the mass media about suicide bombing.
Here is a list of such hurdles that I have compiled.Believe me for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour, that you may believe.Censure me in your wisdom, and awake your senses, that you may the better judge.John Wilders observed that, ‘Brutus’s speech, in prose, is sober, lucid and has the balanced sentence structure typical of a logical, thoughtful scholar’.This is what the master playwright placed in the mouth of Brutus, explaining why he consented for eliminating Caesar. Hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear.Apart from being one of the 20th century protégés of Caesar, the man from Kehelwatte, also mastered the art of Mark Antony during his four decades long political career.