Welfare compassion

The guys who really piss off Odysseus are the ones who kick him when he pretends to be a beggar.

They don’t want to share the bread and wine that has been shared with them. They think their fortunes and fat bellies were well-earned.  Even when they are just guests of Penelope.

Sounds like a contemporary scene, doesn’t it?

The difference is that Homer’s audience would have fully anticipated an ass kicking for figures refusing hospitality and compassion towards their fellow man. That’s the oldest warrior culture.

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