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Every Man Will Be a King; or, Sovereignty

The Wretched

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!


One day to a new beginning
[Raise the flag of freedom high]
Every man will be a king
[Every man will be a king]
There’s a new world for the winning
[There’s a new world to be won]
Do you hear the people sing?

Les Miserables – Lyrics from Do You Hear the People Sing and One Day More

Moan archy

[The prophet] Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king.

He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.

“Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.

“He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.

“He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.

“Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.

“He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.

“When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

1st Book of SamuelThe Old Testament

The World’s Worst Boss

That would be you.

Even if you’re not self-employed, your boss is you. You manage your career, your day, your responses. You manage how you sell your services and your education and the way you talk to yourself.

Odds are, you’re doing it poorly.

If you had a manager that talked to you the way you talked to you, you’d quit. If you had a boss that wasted as much of your time as you do, they’d fire her. If an organization developed its employees as poorly as you are developing yourself, it would soon go under.

Seth Godin – The World’s Worst Boss

Sovereign Choices

What kind of king are you?

What kind will you be tomorrow?

See Also:

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Who was Victor Hugo?

Victor Hugo: two faces of political violence
Castles on Clouds
In the frame / boxing clever

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