Tuesday, March 31, 2015

History: The Year is 1546

I've uploaded year 1546 to the TSP Wiki...


Here are some one liners...

Martin Luther Passes Away -- Martin Luther dies of apoplexy which is usually a heart attack or massive stroke where one is rendered unconscious. He was a giant of a man.

The Way of the Warrior is Death -- A Japanese feudal lord warns that if you are thinking about coming back, you aren't coming back. I talk about the Bible which says the same thing.

Barbarossa Retires to the Grave -- The Admiral has handed the Mediterranean to the Ottomans. The word "Admiral" is an Arabic word.

Martin Luther Passes Away

The Reverend Father Doctor Martin Luther has been suffering from vertigo, heart pain and kidney stones... very painful. These last few years have been rough and people notice that he has became short-tempered. This is out of character since he has been known for his hospitality and good company. He delivers his last sermon. It is a real stem-winder against the Jews. The end is near. He recites a different prayer before bed... "Into your hand I commit my spirit" (Psalms 31:5). He awakens in the night. His friends ask him if he is ready to die, trusting in Jesus and confessing the doctrine taught in his name. He replies with a definite "Yes." A massive stroke takes him and he is gone before dawn. He was 62 years old. Others will pick up the torch. The movement can't be stopped but a lot of people are going to try. [1] [2]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Many historians have tried to figure out why Martin Luther was so peace-loving in the beginning of his life and so grumpy toward the end. His aliments certainly contributed to his grumpiness but this explanation is unsatisfying. The bottom line is that down through the centuries the character of people will be improved because of Martin Luther. Eric Mextas wrote of Martin Luther ...
"Luther's influence cannot be overestimated. His translation of the Bible into German was cataclysmic. Like a medieval Paul Bunyan, Luther in a single blow shattered the edifice of European Catholicism and in the bargain created the modern German language, which in turn effectively created the German people. Christendom was cleft in twain, and out of the earth beside it sprang the Deutsche Volk." (DOY-sheh vohlk) [3]

The Way of the Warrior is Death

There are no sissies in the Shogunate. Uesugi Kenshin (oo-soo-gee ken-shin) is a Japanese feudal lord and one step down from the Shogun. He has a philosophy of fighting that boils down to this: Be ready to fight without thought of coming back. In other words... death. Only then will you come back alive. If you are thinking about how terrible it will be if you don't come back, you won't come back. This is the way of the warrior and at this time in Japan even farmers participate in wars, thus making everyone a warrior. [4]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
This seems like warrior zen, but this philosophy of the warrior has its precedence in the Bible (Deuteronomy 20). When selecting who will go out to fight a war, certain men were exempt: a newly married man because he will be distracted, thinking of his wife; the man who has built a new house because he will be worried he will die in battle and never get use of it; a man who has planted a vineyard before he has tasted its first fruits and the like. The common theme is men who are thinking of what is waiting at home rather than the battle ahead. Men who do not have their head in the battle will have their heads handed to them, thus they will be useless to their fellows in war. [5]

Barbarossa Retires to the Grave

Last year Admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa retired to Constantinople. His son continues in his stead. Barbarossa has handed the Mediterranean to the Ottomans and now he is enjoying his old age. His enjoyment has been cut short by his death. He is placed in a tomb he had built a few years ago. [6]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
The lesson to learn here is obvious. Never retire. The other lesson is in the word "Admiral." It comes from the Arabic phrase "emir al-bahr" meaning "commander of the sea." [7]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1546, Wikipedia.

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