What’s in a Number, Part 3

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What’s in a Number? Part Three

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A Trip Through Time

 

I will describe a more esoteric and hopeful meaning of 418.  A realm, as one definition states, is “a region in which some force or element is dominant.”  Throughout history, there existed three distinct nations from which America obtained its DNA.  These nations also followed similar life cycles as the United States.  To them we owe our love of democratic principles, as well as individualism, and the republican form of government.

 

The First Realm

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The first nation – or rather, the First Realm – is ancient Greece.  Greek society dates back some 270,000 years to its first known inhabitants in Macedonia.  In Petralona cave, the embryo of modern culture first came to life.  As the oldest organized culture in Europe, as well as the first “modern” nation, Greece is literally the birthplace of Western Civilization.

 

These oldest of Greco-societies were the trial runs and invariably failed attempts to make an organized nation state.  Eventually, in the seventh century B.C., the various civilizations began to slowly form into independent nation states.  Homer wrote the foundational texts of Western Civilization: The Iliad and The Odyssey.  The Olympic Games were born.  But most importantly to our own philosophical heritage, the nation state of Athens became the first truly democratic system of government known to mankind.

 

As the nation states began to compete – and then combine – the arts and sciences advanced exponentially.  Despite lacking complete unification of the various nation states, the combined Greek armies (led mostly by the Athenians and the Spartans) resisted the prolonged attacks of the Persian Empire.  Intra-Regional hostilities continued, however, these nation states were eventually combined into a unified body.  Under the leadership of Alexander the Great, the Greek Realm extended from what is known as modern day Greece to Egypt and Pakistan.  Alexander intended to further expand the empire into the Arabian peninsula, however his death halted those plans.

 

With Alexander’s death, the life cycle [See the first essay listed on www.4one8.org, “The Life Cycle”] continued.  One of the key mistakes of the First Realm was that the entire solidity of their nation rested in the hands of Alexander.  He was a great leader, and he expanded the reach of the empire across vast distances.  However, his death brought on instability.  A vacuum was left in his place and several powers all vied for control of the nation.  In the end, a young and upstart republic in a neighboring region stepped in to stabilize the region and put an end to the in-fighting.

 

This small republic revered the Greeks, and eventually absorbed the dying Greek nation into its own borders as both province and protectorate.  This rising republic was at the early stages of its life cycle, but decided early on to learn from the mistakes the Greeks made.  That republic became the Second Realm.  Rome.

 

Next up in Part Four of this series, we will learn about the Second Realm and how it established some of the most influential pillars of American society and potential future.

 

-J

Defensor Patriae, Defensor re Publica

418/1775

 

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What’s in a Number, Part 2

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What’s in a Number? Part Two

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[Author’s note:  I had some technical difficulties yesterday and was unable to get this post up on the web.  If all goes well I will get part three up today as well.]

As I said in my previous essay [www.4one8.org, “What’s In A Number? Part One”], the 418 in my signature (and also the web address of this blog) has multiple meanings.  It is representative of a date.  It can be broken down into different letters.  It honors one of the most influential and brilliant founding fathers.  It even holds a historical and prospective meaning.  This second article in the “What’s In A Number” series explains the first three interpretations of the “418.”

April (4th month if y’all didn’t pick up on that) 18th (of 1775, incidentally) is the date of Paul Revere’s ride.  That is a huge moment in American history for me.  It is the prime example of how the common citizen stood up as one man against an overwhelming force to speak out and warn his neighbors of impending danger.  Thus, 418 stands for the date of 4/18/1775.

The number 418 is also symbolic of two letters: “D” and “R.”  In this case, it stands for “Defend the Republic.”  Our great nation was formed as a Republic, and we must stand to defend it at all costs.  I took an oath in both the military and law enforcement to defend my Constitution and nation from enemies both foreign and domestic.  If our Republic falls, our nation falls either into oblivion or into a dark time of dictatorship.  Here, the “418” stands for two words beginning with the fourth and eighteenth letters of the alphabet: Defend [the] Republic.

The fourth founding father to rule over this great nation in its early years was James Madison.  Madison – often referred to as “The Father of the Constitution” – was the heart and soul behind the creation of our most sacred document.  His theories on the government were critical to the creation of a strong foundation of the republic.  Madison was a supporter of American expansionism and an early proponent of American Exceptionalism.  These concepts supported the dire need for the nation to expand not just for logistic and population needs, but also to help spread the ideals of the republic to all corners of the continent.  These strategies paved the way for our annexation of much of the land west of the Mississippi River.  Indeed, this mindset permeated American history for generations, and to an extent still does today.  This can be seen as evident in our strong national desire to spread liberty to all nations.

Madison was an author of the Federalist Papers.  Though he began his political career believing in a stronger federal government, he later evolved into a mindset of balance between a strong (though limited) federal government and a strong state government.  He is one of the greatest of our founding fathers, and his theories and ideas are at the very core what drives me to compose my thoughts for the world to read.  It has been stated by some historians that “If the pen is mightier than the sword, DC should be named Madison DC instead of Washington DC.  In this meaning, “418” pays tribute to our Fourth Ruler (4 = Fourth; 18 = The letter R, which in turn stands for the word Ruler), President James Madison.

Please pardon the brevity of this essay.  I believe that it best serves my purpose of explanation to use short and simple explanations.  In the next article in this series, however, prepare for more depth and MUCH deeper meanings of the “418”.  I’d even come prepared for a history lesson.  As Edmund Burke once said, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

-J

Defensor Patriae, Defensor re Publica

418/1775

What’s in a Number, Part 1

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What’s In a Number? Part One

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So, I got a question from someone saying they would like to know what my signature (and the title of this page) means.  I have begun to sign my political posts on social media and my blogs with a “418/1775” at the end.  This has a definite meaning.  As a matter of fact it has different meanings.  There are two main components of the number.  The 418, and the 1775.  In this essay, I will explain the “1775” element.  However, the “418” is much more difficult to explain.  It requires a lengthy exposition to do justice to the entire meaning, and so, I will explain it over the next series of writings.  As a wise man told me a while back, “If you have to eat an elephant, you can’t eat it in one bite.  You have to start somewhere.”  So, let’s get started on with our first bite.

The 1775 is the easiest to explain, as it has only one meaning.  The year AD 1775 was arguably the most eventful and important year in our nation’s early history.  It was the year that Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride.  The Liberty Bell was rung at the Continental Congress.  The American Revolution to separate from the British Empire began with the “short heard around the world”.  The US Military was formed (Army and Navy).  And, the first official US Flag raising ceremony was held (to commemorate a US Navy Ship).  This year truly began our history as a nation.  Of course, American history began before 1775, but the importance of officially making the stand against the oppression of British taxation and dictatorship is very significant.

The year 1775 was indeed an extremely important historical landmark for this nation.  Further, it stands as a reminder for all people, be it The Masses, The Establishment, or The Activists [see www.4one8.org, “The Life Cycle”] that no oppression will stand unopposed.  “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Do something.

-J

Defensor Patriae, Defensor re Publica

418 / 1775