Saturday, December 15, 2012
Lesson we can learn from the story of Alexander Severus
While reading Roman history on Wikipedia a while ago, I got interested in this particular emperor because his assassination started the Crisis of the Third Century.
As it turned out, he was assassinated by his own troops. But how could that happen? Why did the troops kill their own emperor? Well, the short answer is that the emperor chose the easy way and his troops didn't like it.
Germanic tribes invaded the Roman Empire during the time Severus was emperor. The emperor marched out his troops to meet the invaders. The troops were ready to fight and defend their land. But what happened? When they were near the enemy, the emperor chose to bribe the enemy instead. He tried to buy them off using the empire's wealth. Instead of facing the challenge, the emperor chose the easy way.
The troops didn't like it. In fact, they were angered by it. They looked down on him and eventually decided to kill him.
It's tragic, but it also contains a profound lesson: don't take the easy way. Don't take shortcuts when you face a problem. It may look easy and attractive, but it's not without its danger. What you should do instead is face the challenge and do the right thing. It might be painful and take a long time, but the reward makes it worth it.
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