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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Olsim: The Iron(ic) Throne

The Eternal Student

THIS age has its own knights and dragons. There is that celebrated time of rallies and skirmishes -- a time to make speeches and expend the war chests, a time to make the final battle cry...a time for banners to either fall or fly. Last night, as the dust settled, the victors emerged from the forts to the thrones while the vanquished, bleeding and beaten, retreated to their exile to wait for the perfect time.

Moment of truth. Nothing is more painful than shattered illusions of grandeur and self-worth. The experience will either crush the beaten, or make them stronger for another fight. After all, this modern game of thrones happens every three years or so. Nothing lasts forever in this world.

There are evidently many "bastards" in the battles -- lawyers who are first to break the laws, tribesmen who sold their tribes, cunning characters who scammed their own people, and many breakers of oath who shamelessly carve integrity in their swords. The terrifying prophesy, however, unfolded, even in the careful watch of the unsullied -- that nightwalkers can cast their vote, and zombies outnumber the thinking -- submitting to the orders of the night king (whoever that is).

In the upper dominion, where 12 knights are to be appointed near the head king, the present ruler of all realms who was the former King of the South, screamed "The south remembers!" to assemble his allies to his last years. The lowly subjects shuddered, wondering if he was really the prince that was promised, or another is yet to be born. In this country's game of thrones, one of those around him will soon break his oath and be known as a "kingslayer," just wait for another two years.

In the chaos of war when people's lives are cheap, most of those who sit on the thrones become mad -- forgetting the people who put them there in the first place and murdering people on mere appearance and suspicion. As the book of lore have shown, these become the signs of a kingdom's fall. The best rulers are often those who act and think like their humble subjects, those who understand the people -- not those gluttons of power and worldly pleasures.

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I am writing this on my way to the voting precinct. Hence, really have no way of knowing who the victors and vanquished are (for this issue). I can only hope and pray that the winners will serve the people, and not their own personal interests. I can only hope and pray that we will have more thinking leaders who will lead us to a brighter future. I can only hope for more "public servants" and less "politicians." Congratulations to everyone and may we all be blessed by our maker even in this confusing but colorful exercise!

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