More than 2000 years ago on this day, Ides of March, Brutus along with several Roman senators stabbed Julius Caesar to death, in hope to prevent Rome, a republic, from falling into authoritarianism. The irony is, of course, the act, which was done to preserve democracy, only accelerated Rome’s journey to dictatorship.

So, who is the hero here?

It would depend on how one look at the event.

Intention-wise, Brutus and the senators would be the heroes. Action-wise, there would be no heroes. Morally, a great dilemma; kill and preserve democracy, let live and kill democracy.

It is a tragedy, no more, no less, even if it is a false dilemma.

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