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Flynn Falls From Favor…Finally

General Michael Flynn

A Study

Of

Icarus

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The Tragic Theme

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Failure

At

The

Hands

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Hubris

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The

“Peter Principle”

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Hubris

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The Peter Principle

Long before the birth of author, Lawrence J. Peter and well before his watershed book “The Peter Principle”. Millennia prior to the 21st Century election (in 2016) of an unlikely, American president and well in anticipation of the tumultuous fall of a certain, former American general cum White House advisor to that commander-in-chief. There were the sage architect of Cretan labyrinth design, Daedalus and his adventurous son, Icarus.

It was little more than a generation or so after management theorist, professor and

hierarchiologist Peter devised his 20th Century formula description of forced failure. That former U.S. Army Lieutenant General, Michael Flynn fell from grace and was forced from the power that he once wielded in the American nation’s capital and beyond.

From all appearances, Flynn had gone one step too far in his quest for whatever it was that motivated him. It would seem that the general’s ‘reach exceeded his grasp’.

Moreover, the man had succumbed to the nemesis of most who seek fortune and fame at a rate in excess of their capacity. Hubris, the restrictive, psychological cocoon of the self-indulgent, looked to have inextricably enveloped the man who lay deep: under the crowd’s echo of accolade and brightness of military braid.

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Icarus

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Hubris

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Politics might be the most fecund ‘petri dish’ of hubris. It would seem for ages that this lesser of Man’s better angels, which is all consuming, indulgent, self-celebration. Has hovered over governments of all kinds.

Washington, DC as the high dais-throne of American government has not been immune from the effects of hubris. When it comes to being visited by the storied specter of an ancient, mythological accident. Washington, DC is and has been a hotbed of hubris.

Historically, and well before the advent even of an American existence and the creation of a capital named after its “father”: George Washington (Washington) and its “finder”, Christopher Columbus (District of Columbia). There, in political residence in capitals across the globe, has been the insidious human condition that is: hubris.

In both good times and bad. As well as in, old times and modern. Have been the ghosts of a fateful mythology that served for centuries as allusion to hubris. That were: Daedalus and Icarus.

Daedalus and Icarus were conjured by wise ancients in order to explain the fall of the fatuous or the rise of the unreal. These two Grecian, mythic idols: a father and son. Were clearly devised by sage, philosophically inclined, mortal counterparts. In order to give humanistic reality and allegorical clarity to the conundrum that is hubris.

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Hubris

Soars

‘On Wings of Wax’

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Against the sage advice of his contemplative father, Daedalus, the young and impressionable Icarus soared higher and higher into the sky on wings of wax and feathers. Closer and closer to the sun, the young man suffered the fleeting excitement of high-flight. The undoing of the careless upstart was the heat of the sun on the wings that had been so cleverly devised by his careful father.

The means of their escape from the bondage of the isle of Crete: the wings, served the steady father well, as the flight commenced. The younger, Icarus, however, was destined to spin slowly from on high. Until he became but a speck that eventually plunged into the sea before the eyes of a despondent and helpless father.

The sun might have melted his wings of intended escape. Yet the undoing of Icarus was his own: hubris.

Hubris, according to “Oxford Dictionaries” is ‘Excessive pride or self-confidence’ and (in Greek tragedy), ‘excessive pride towards or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis’.

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Back to the Sea

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And so. It is back to the sea: to Masefield’s ‘lonely sea and the sky’. For the former general, the surfer who had circled the globe in search of not so much the ‘perfect wave’ as: some great and ‘perfect adventure’ to sate a hungry ego. The orb is complete: as the beginning is again found. Back to the sea…

Back to the sea, while, this time, dangerously hobbled by the very real ‘chain-weight’ of hubris. More than mythically marred by the fast fall from grace and cold-doused in a fathomless sea. Like the youthful but ancient Icarus, Michael Flynn has returned to his watery essence and fallen into a briny mire.

There, the once feted has been tarred. Tarred by the tired brush that has tinged the psyche and reputation of countless politicos and others of the psychological ilk for time immemorial. Those that have come before and that will undoubtedly follow.

Michael Flynn sank into a fathomless Icarian Sea. The whole world watched as though through the eyes of a child-destitute Daedalus. Hubris thou shalt never die…

Posted 2nd August 2017 by DILULIUS, King of Troy

Posted 5 minutes ago by DILULIUS, King of Troy

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