“He in like manner to the mundane splendors
Ordained a general ministress and guide,
That she might change at times the empty treasures
From race to race, from one blood to another,
Beyond resistance of all human wisdom.
Therefore one people triumphs, and another
Languishes, in pursuance of her judgment,
Which hidden is, as in the grass a serpent.
Your knowledge has no counterstand against her…”
- Dante Alighieri, "Inferno," Canto VII
Dante's verse from "Inferno" speaks of the unseen forces that dictate the rise and fall of people, societies, and cultures. It's a cosmic roulette wheel, a sort of divine judgment that's as elusive as a serpent in the grass. Now, let's bring it back to the street level, to the everyday battles we fight against those who would rather see us fall than rise. How does it relate, you ask?
Here's what I think.
Just like Dante’s mysterious guide, life has a way of shuffling the deck - of taking us on a wild ride where we cross paths with toxic, dishonest folks. Their glitter might seem like gold, but here’s the catch, it’s all part of the game. It doesn't matter so much what they want or what they seem to have. What matters is how you navigate through them, how you keep your integrity intact, and how you rise above their toxicity.
Remember, as Dante suggests, there's an elusive, serpentine wisdom at play. It's not about them; it's about you. Your journey. Your triumphs. And losses that feel as though we are wading through a bloodbath. So, chin up, eyes ahead. This is your divine comedy.