Tweeting wisdoms and dead kings

One of the things I love about Twitter is the occasional “wisdom” one picks up, or a nice idiom or even a pithy and sometimes sarcastic remark that enhances your understanding, or even better puts that niggling question in your mind that makes you search for an appropriate answer.

This morning, intrepid Tweeter funaki who is also a Bahrain-based blogger, tweeted this:

“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
Denis Diderot

Brilliant quote! Wasn’t there something similar in the Quran or Hadith which says approximately the same thing? In that “whenever a king enters a village, he corrupts it” or something to that effect?

Isn’t it therefore ironic that the majority of Kings and the most ardent clerics remaining in the world, inhabit Muslim lands?

1 Comment
  • AJ
    3 January 2010

    Regrettably the more I see of the world in general it appears that both kings and priests are inseparable both believing in divine right, and that freedom and law are mutually exclusive as freedom can only be enforced with laws which eventually take it away.

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