Saturday, March 10, 2018

It’s all in a name—make the best of a hard one to carry

Perspective is everything. To Emperor Traian this was a great win, worthy of celebration of his success on Traian's Column in Rome. To others 106 A.D. was the end of their civilization as free Dacian people and their enslavement by the Roman Empire. Dacians were by far not last in a line of many other Roman conquests, that later turned empires in their own right. Except one—Romania—which never learned that imperial trait.

How must it feel to be named Enslaved-by-us as a nation? "Where are you from?" "I'm from the country of 'Enslaved-by-them'." Wow. Amazing that we survived psychologically to such weight on our shoulders. And made a run at global fame in our own right... from rocket science to video compression and from the fountain pen to gerontology, just as from fuel cells to modern thermodynamics and from fighting the Ottoman Empire to pioneering successful world peace in the 1920s... Maybe daughters and sons of Dacians are bound to lead by peace.

Years back I had a few students from Liberia. The one US "colony." In Philadelphia, right on Benjamin Franklin Avenue. I was teaching US Constitutional Law. Ah, the irony! My students must be the closest to an understanding on this odd naming of a country game. Ours lasting for 1912+ years. We're not alone.

Carry your name with pride. Take it further. No matter how hard it gets. 

Adrian S. Petrescu, Ph.D., J.D.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Dr Adrian am really bless with your write up