Hero to Zero


A radicalized Teacher who organized and eventually became a leading figure in a movement for independence; maneuvered his way to gain the loyalty of rebel Commanders of militias waging Guerrilla warfare against the government. Made more maneuvers and successfully became the political and the militias commander in chief of the independence movement. More successful maneuvers and becomes the elected Prime Minister and later on elected President to the delight of the population. Even Bob Marley wrote and performed his hit song “Zimbabwe” at his request.

Following bad advisement became another “President for Life;” evicted experienced Farmers from their Farms and other questionable policies that lead to dependency from aboard for food, economy collapse and then a younger 2nd  wife with ambitions eventually took him down. The world’s most educated head of state. Mr. President; why did you allow your impressive legacy to become tarnished by being drunk with power?


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For What Pegman Saw flash fiction challange of 150 words or less. This week location is Harare, Zimabawe



  1. Hello True George,

    Your post reminded me of some quotes (https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Dune) from the Dune books.

    “Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it. Eventually, they lose touch with reality… and fall.

    “There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government. Misuse of power is the fatal sin. The law cannot be a tool of vengeance, never a hostage, nor a fortification against the martyrs it has created. You cannot threaten any individual and escape the consequences.
    Muad’Dib on Law The Stilgar Commentary”

    “This is the fallacy of power: ultimately it is effective only in an absolute, a limited universe. But the basic lesson of our relativistic universe is that things change. Any power must always meet a greater power. Paul Muad’Dib taught this lesson to the Sardaukar on the Plains of Arrakeen. His descendants have yet to learn the lesson for themselves.
    The Preacher at Arrakeen”

    “Power bases are very dangerous because they attract people who are truly insane, people who seek power only for the sake of power.

    “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.
    Missionaria Protectiva, Text QIV (decto)”

    “The natural destiny of power is fragmentation.
    Padishah Emperor Idriss I, Landsraad Archives”

    Thank you for sharing this post,

    -John Jr

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