FROM A MENTOR TO OBAMA

Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, was tutored by his teacher(whose name happened to be “Mentor).”  Telemachus was brooding on the injustices and difficulties a ruler faces.  Mentor replied to him patiently: “You must count on the ingratitude of humankind, and yet not  be discouraged by it from doing good: you must study their welfare, not so much for their own sake, as for the sake of the gods who have commanded it.  Further, if the bulk of humankind are ungrateful. there are always some good people who will have a due sense of your virtue.  Even the multitude, though fickle and capricious, does not fail sooner or later to do justice, in some measure, to true virtues.”

Let’s hope Telemachus was right.