May 16th 2020

Socrates
Socrates died as a martyr for democracy. Socrates as an idiom means someone who dies as a martyr for a social, political or religious cause. The crucifixion of Christ was a Socrates. There are many Socrates’ existing in the world.


Jonah’s Journey to Tarshish

Jonah the Old Testament prophet was instructed by God to go to Nineveh to preach to the people there for repentance. But Jonah disobeyed God and went to Tarshish. During the journey in a ship all fury broke loose and then lots were drawn and the lots fell on Jonah. He was thrown out of the ship and a whale came and swallowed him. Jonah’s Journey to Tarshish as an idiom means disobeying the will of God. Many at a time, I have been Jonah going to Tarshish.

History
While looking back at Indian history, though the British made India into a colony there were some positive things they have done. One was proselytization to Christianity and then the introduction of English Language. Then they banned child marriage and Sati (a custom whereby the wife was set to the flames with the husband during the funeral). Then they passed the Widow Remarriage act another positive step towards making the fairer gender free from suffering. Then the British introduced railways and telegraphs which smashed caste distinctions to smithereens, as people of the higher caste and lower caste had to travel in the same compartment. British Colonialism was not all that bad.

An Idiom from Judaism

This idiom made a frame in my mind as I was reading the captivity of the Jews in Egypt. In the contemporary world the Jews became enslaved and made captive by the mad Hitler. The Jews are races who are travelers in the Wilderness. Traveler in the Wilderness as an Idiom means someone who is plagued by earthly troubles and sorrows. Oh God Jehovah Jesus make my victory while I am a traveler in the Wilderness.