William Shakespeare’s tragic play ‘King Richard III’ includes the famous quote, ‘A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!’ spoken by Richard III after he lost his horse at the battle of Bosworth.
The Bard was demonstrating how the value of things can change in an instant because a kingdom is of little use if you are about to be killed or defeated because you are without a horse on which to fight or flee. An interesting analogy for the Watch given the roles played by various horses in the novel and verification by academics that remains found beneath a car park in Leicester belong to King Rixhard III.
I am reminded of the peril we are creating in the beautiful Earth about us – that we need to reform or face the inevitable consequences of a fatal blow or two? Perhaps soon all the riches in the world will be of little value?