KLEON ( For Glossary)

There’s an old Japanese tale about a confrontation between some samurai and some Zen monks. The samurai then asserted that they were more important because they defended the frontier. The monks replied that while the samurai did indeed defend the physical frontier, they were defending the moral frontier.

Although in Homeric verse, “kleos,” ( i.e., fame or honor ) was a big deal. To be sung about by bards. There are Welsh myths in which bards threaten kings with disparagement, and the kings quiver. Many of our WWII generals had kleos. Eg., Patton. The Nobel Prize provides kleos as does the Olympic Gold. People Magazine does not. Strip a man of kleos and you are picking a fight.