Shakespeare on Relative Strengths and Weaknesses

troy in our weakness“To end a tale of length,
Troy in our weakness stands, not in her strength.”

(Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 3)

Tips for Use. Change ‘Troy’ to any other city, state, person, situation, circumstances, where the enemy appears strong because the weaker party is incapable of organizing itself. In fact the truth is so simple that it transcends history itself. Take the case of the “Occupy” or the “I am the 99%” movement. The current western block historical momentum sees governments (by the 1%) waging war on the poorer on the ground that the poorer are too rich. And they are winning. Clearly it is not a question of numbers but of strengths. To illustrate the point (if it were necessary, which it isn’t, but for anecdote’s sake) here is what Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont says, “They talk about class warfare, the fact of the matter is there has been class warfare for the last 30 years. It is a handful of billionaires taking on the entire middle-class and working class of this country. And the result is you now have in America the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth and the worst inequality in America sine 1928. How could anybody defend the top 400 richest people in this country owning more wealth than the bottom half of America, 150 million people.”
Back to Shakespeare, the quote fits well into a company presentation exhorting not to fear the competition and to motivate a change in attitudes, management or both.
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In the Play.  Ulysses ends a long monologue in which he demonstrates and attributes the weakness of the Greeks to a lack of respect for leadership. The surly Achilles had become upset due to various and mostly trivial reasons.

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