BY: Dan Phale *
The wise elderly people say that “When there is no enemy within, enemies outside cannot hurt you.” Furthermore one of the most popular music artists in my country – Malawi – once produced a song… in which some of the song words give a caution to the listeners to beware of the unknown enemies… And based on different issues and/or stories enmity develops as a result of bad motives, or as a matter of necessity, whereas the latter is a situation where somebody deserves to be disliked by the other. But whether such an enemy has good reasons to hate you or not is not a question here.
In fact there are statistics which indicate that some people were put in some great troubles and/or killed… And through investigations done by various reputable criminal justice agents it has been discovered that relatives and/or friends might have or had a hand in such fateful happenings. Well this only means that we have to be very watchful so that we survive any of such evil plots… But – no – we are only mortals devoid of such powers to avoid being subjected to such troubles in life. Suffice to mention that it is only very worrisome to note that some people are not reliable friends. Such friends are like snakes in the grass.
In the light of the foregoing, a person’s heart is not a sack open to everybody. And it is further said that it is easier to measure the depth of an ocean than that of somebody’s heart… Well, in this article I would like to make a few references to the some situations in which some people are on record as having faced some tragedies in their lives.
The first one is that of Julius Caesar who was assassinated by those who had been always close to him all the time of his reigns. Those who often surrounded him are the ones who conspired to kill him, which they actually did. Before actually dying he was stunned and shattered by the unexpected Brutus’s involvement in stabbing him.
Of course I should also make mention of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the local leaders and the priests to be tried for a wrongs He never committed. And, surprisingly, Judas was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ who had been with Him all the time of His ministry. Suffice to say that Jesus Christ with help of the holy spirit managed to foresee the persecution He was to go through sooner than later; however He let it happen for the sake of mankind.
In the then Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) a political leader namely Laurent Dèsìrè Kabila, was disliked by his people and those who were with him in the governance system. Of course they did not show it in the first time; but as time went on it was clearer than ever before that he was not wanted as manifested by a wider political and social rift… And on 16th January, 2001 he was shot dead by one of his bodyguards. It only transpired that the murdered leader neither knew that his own security detail could no longer be trusted; nor did he predict that one of his bodyguards would one day think of killing him in lieu of protecting him… Surely, other political leaders in the entire world were also murdered in the similar manner by their closest partners.
Of course it is said that “He who eats alone dies alone” but I think it is better to die alone than to be betrayed by a close friend. The above tragic stories make us aware, or remind us, of the fact that it is very simple for everybody to identify a distant enemy. But in a sharp contrast it is very difficult for all of us to realise the adverse feelings which are harboured by the closest friends or allies of ours. The enemy you know is better than the one you don’t know. In a nutshell, friendly enemies are the most dangerous of all enemies. They can kill you softly.
What is required, therefore, is for everybody to keep watching, because the earth is like a beehive where we enter through one hole but we live in different cells. As a matter of fact when you know your enemy you at liberty to do anything possible to diffuse all the impending dangers; even if it means committing the prohibited acts in self defence… In fact, it is better to be a lion for a day than to be a sheep all the time of your life.