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Coldplay: Viva La Vida Part II

Updated on November 22, 2011
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar

Back to Napoleon, he recalls the days of the reign of terror, defined simply," if you ate food you were the enemy". He recalls the overwhelming support regarding the event of public execution, courtesy La Guillotine. He recalls the insatiable thirst of vengeance, quenched only by a steady flow of blood.

He recalls the words of the crowd rejoicing ‘the old King is dead, long live the King.’ That is until of course the opulence and excesses cause it to tumble.”

For more than a decade Napoleon ruled and was loved, as Jesus was loved…

"One minute I held the key, the next, the walls closed in". One could compare it to a modern day slideshow as the orchestra movement mounts in the backround; all in his head.

He compares the similarities realizing the difference is his demise is compassionate relative to Jesus. One wonders if Napoleon “discovered that his castle stands upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand.”

‘A pillar of salt’ is a biblical reference to Lot’s wife disobeying authority and the punishment for doing so. The ultimate effect being to instill fear toward compliance of authority.

Pillars of sand can be the simple acknowledgment that one cannot build anything to last without a strong foundation.

More interesting is it leads me to the “Shelly poem ‘Ozymandias’: The decline of all leaders and of the empires they build, however mighty in their own.”

This famous Shelly poem's relevance was published in 1818; as exiled Napoleon was prisoner within his own reflection at St. Helena. Once again Machiavelli rears his oppressive head.

Roman Cavalry
Roman Cavalry

I digress…back to napoleon; this is where you can get into his head.

Imagine he believed he could be the next Caesar, or even the second coming of Christ.

Consider his Italian nobility as a foundation rooted deeply with strong religious beliefs of an ancient Rome. The bells in Jerusalem would toll, the Roman Cavalry would sing upon his arrival, his ultimate conquest.

No one preached to the choir like Napoleon, fore he knew very well that’s how you got them to sing; except maybe Jesus!

Napoleon knew, “Fore to conquer Rome was to conquer the world.” As the bells tolled and the choir sang, he would proclaim to his most loyal followers: Be My mirror, My sword, My shield!

A leader without any followers is simply a guy out for a stroll…agreed?

All warfare is based on deception right?

To conquer the world was to conquer the hearts and minds of the masses.

“Be the mirror image of me, be my instrument to attack, be my protector; my mirror, sword and shield. Fore it is then a leader can rule the world by sending those to foreign lands.

Napoleon also knew that there were too many things he did not understand, things he couldn’t explain, his epiphany.

He was not a God! All warfare is based in deception. Once they stop following blindly, once torture needs to be inflicted, once you go down that road you could never turn back.

Once you go down that road, you’ll never hear an honest word. You will hear only the words of fear; which will lead to your demise.


End of Part Deux


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    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for the thoughts and comments Jools99. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      This is such an interesting hub - I really enjoyed your references to the song through poetry, prose, warfare etc. I had to read Macchiavelli at university and I dreaded having to read it but quite enjoyed it in the end.

      Thanks for Sharing!


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