The Perils of Success

According to ancient legend, the Persian emperor Xerxes, returning home aboard a ship filled with his soldiers, ran into a terrible storm. The ship’s Phoenician captain told Xerxes there was no hope of them surviving unless the ship’s load was lightened. So Xerxes said to his soldiers, “It is on you that my safety depends. Now let some of you show your regard for your king.” And dozens of them threw themselves overboard. Lightened of its load, the ship managed to weather the storm and Xerxes ordered that a golden crown should be given to the captain for having preserved the king’s life. Unfortunately though, he then ordered him beheaded for causing the loss of so many Persian lives!
It reminds me of that great biblical principle that warns about rejoicing too quickly in the favour of evil people

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