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alexander opicho

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There is Power in the Name Alexander


There is power in the name ‘Alexander’
By
Alexander K Opicho
(Eldoret, Kenya; aopicho@yahoo.com)

Spiritual scholars of Christian Science have a concept that there is power in the name. They at most identify the name Jesus and the name of God, Jehovah to be the most powerful names in the spiritual realm. But in the world of literature and intellectual movement, art, science, politics and creativity, the name Alexander is mysteriously powerful. Averagely, bearers of the name Alexander achieve some unique level of literary or intellectual glory, discover something novel or make some breakaway political victories.
Among the ancient and present-day Russians, most bearers of the name Alexander were imbued with some uniqueness of intellect, leadership or literary mighty. Beginning with the recent times of Russia, the first mysterious Alexander is the 1700 political reformist and effective leader, Tsar Alexander and his beautiful wife, tsarina Alexandrina. The couple transformed Russian society from pathetic peasantry to a middle class society. It is Tsar Alexander’s leadership that lain a foundation for Russian socialist revolution. Different scholars of Russian history remember the reign of Tsar Alexander with a strong bliss. This is what made the Lenin family to name their son Alexander an elder brother to Vladimir Ilyanovsk Ilyich Lenin. This was done as parental projection through careful choice of a mentor for their young son. Alexander Lenin was named after this formidable ruler; Tsar Alexander. Alexander Lenin was a might scholar. An Intellectual and political reformist. He was a source of inspiration to his young brother Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, who became the Russian president after his brother Alexander, had died through political assassination. However, researches into distinctive prowess of these two brothers reveal that Alexander Lenin was more gifted intellectually than Vladimir Lenin.
Alexander Pushkin, another Russian personality with intellectual, cultural, theatrical and literary consenguences. He was a contemporary of Alexander pope. He is the main intellectual influence behind Nikolai Vasileyvich Gogol and very many other Russian writers. He is to Russians what Shakespeare is to English speakers or victor Hugo is to French speakers, Friedriech schiller and Frantz Kafka is to Germany readers or Miguel de Cervantes to the Spaniards. Among English readers, Shakespeare’s drama of king Lear is a beacon of English political theatre, while Hugo’s Les miscerables is an apex of French social and political literature, but Pushkin’s Boris Godunov, a theatrical political satire, technically towers above the peers. For your point of information my dear reader; there has been a commonaplace false convention among English literature scholars that, William Shakespeare in conjunction with Robert Greene wrote and published highest number of books, more than anyone else. The factual truth is otherwise. No, they only published 90 works, but Pushkin published 700 works.
Equally glorious is Alexander Vasileyvich sholenstsyn, the, the, the author of I will be on phone by five, Cancer Ward, Gulag Archipelago’ and the First Cycle. He is a contemporary of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Alfred Nobel and Maxim Gorky. Literary and artistic excellence of Alexander Sholenstsyn, the, the anti-communist Russian novelist was and is still displayed through his mirroring of a corrupt Russian communist politics, made him a debate case among the then committee members for Nobel prize and American literature prize, but when the Kremlin learned of this they, detained Alexander sholenenstyn at Siberia for 18 years this is where he wrote his Gulag Archipelago. Which he wrote as sequel five years later to the previous novel the Cancer Ward whose main theme is despair among cancer patients in the Russian hospitals. This was simply a satirical way of expressing agony of despair among the then political prisoners at Siberia concentration camps.In its reaction to this communist front to capitalist literature through the glasnost machinery, the Washington government ordered chalice Chaplin an American pro-communist writer to be out of America within 45 minutes.
Alexander’s; Payne, Pato, Petrovsky, and Pires are intellectual torchbearers of the world and Russian literary civilization. Not to forget, Alexander Popov, a poet and Russian master brewer, whose liquor brand ‘Popov’ is the worldwide king of bar shelves?
In 1945 the Russians had very brutish two types of guns, designed to shoot at long range with very little chances of missing the target. These guns are; AK 47 and the Molotov gun. They were designed to defeat the German Nazi and later on to be used in international guerrilla movement. The first gun AK 47 was designed by Alexander klashilinikov and the second by Alexander Molotov. These are the two Alexander’s that made milestones in history of world military technology.
The name Alexander was one of the titles or the epithet used to be given to the Greek goddess Hera and as such is taken to mean the one who comes to save warriors. In Homer’s epical work; the Iliad, the most dominant character Paris who often saved the other warriors was also known also as Alexander. This name’s linkage to popularity was spread throughout the Greek world by the military maneuvers and conquests of King Alexander III. Alexander III is commonly known as Alexander the Great. Evidently; the biblical book of Daniel had a prophecy. It was about fall of empires down to advent of Jesus as a final ruler. The prophecy venerated Roman Empire above all else. As well the, prophecy magnified military brilliance, intellect and leadership skills of the Greek, Alexander the great, the conqueror of Roman Empire. Alexander the great was highly inspired by the secret talks he often held with his mother. All bible readers and historians have reasons to believe that Alexander of Greece was powerful, intellectually might, strong in judgment and a political mystery and enigma that remain classic to date.
In his book Glimpses of History, jewarlal Nehru discusses the Guru Nanak as an Indian religious sect, Business Empire, clan, caste, and an intellectual movement of admirable standard that shares a parrell only with the Aga Khans. Their founder is known, as Skander Nanak.The name skander is an Indian version for Alexander. Thus, Alexander Nanak is the founder of Guru Nanak business empire and sub Indian spiritual community. Alexander Nanak was an intellectual, recited Ramayana and Mahabharata off head; he was both a secular and religious scholar as well as a corporate strategist.
The American market and industrial civilsations has very many wonderful Alexander’s in its history. The earliest known Alexander in American is Hamilton, the poet, writer, politician and political reformist. Hamilton strongly worked for establishment of American constitution. Contemporaries of Hamilton are; Alexander graham bell and Alexander flemming.bell is the American scientist who discovered a modern electrical bell, while Fleming, A Nobel Prize Laureate discovered that fungus on stale bread can make penicillin to be used in curing malaria. Other American Alexander’s are; wan, Ludwig, Macqueen, Calder and ovechikin.
Italian front to mysterious greatness in the name Alexander spectacularly emanates from science of electricity which has a measuring unit for electrical volume known as voltage. The name of this unit is a word coined from the Italian name Volta. He was an Italian scientist by the name Alesandro Volta. Alesandro is an Italian version for Alexander. Therefore it is Alexander Volta an Italian scientist who discovered volume of electrical energy as it moves along the cable. Thus in Italian culture the name Alexander is also a mystery.
Readers of European genre and classics agree that it is still enjoyfull to read the Three Musketeers and the Poor Christ of Montecristo for three or even more times. They are inspiring, with a depth of intellectual character, and classic in lessons to all generations. These two classics were written by Alexander Dumas, a French literary genious.he lived the same time as Hugo and Dostoyevsk.when Hugo was writing the Hunch-back of Notredame Dumas was writing the Three Musketeers. These two books were the source of inspiration for Dostoyevsky to write Brothers Karamazov. Another notable European- cum -American Alexander is Alexander pope, whose adage ‘short knowledge is dangerous, ’ has remained a classic and ever quoted across a time span of two centuries. Alexander pope penned this line in the mid of 1800 in his poem better drink from the pyrene spring.

In the last century colleges, Universities and high schools in Kenya and throughout Africa, taught Alexander la Guma and Alexander Haley as set- book writers for political science, literature and drama courses. Alexander la Guma is a South African, ant–apartheid crusader and a writer of strange literary ability. His commonly read books are A walk in the Night, Time of the Butcher Bird and In the Fog of the Season’s End. While Alexander Haley is an African in the American Diaspora. An intellectual heavy- weight, a politician, civil a rights activist and a writer of no precedent, whose book The Roots is a literary blockbuster to white American artists. Both la Guma and Haley are African Alexander’s only that white bigotry in their respective countries of America and South Africa made them to be called Alex’s.
The Kenyan only firm for actuaries is Alexander Forbes consultants. Alexander Forbes was an English-American mathematician. The lesson about Forbes is that mystery within the name Alexander makes it to be the brand of corporate actuarial practice in Africa and the entire world.
Something hypothetical and funny about this name Alexander is that its dictionary definition is; homemade brandy in Russia, just the way the east African names; Wamalwa, Wanjoi and Kimaiyo are used among the Bukusu, Agikuyu and Kalenjin communities of Kenya respectively. More hypothetical is the lesson that the short form of Alexander is Alex; it is not as spiritually consequential in any manner as its full version Alexander. The name Alex is just plain without any powers and spiritual connotation on the personality and character of the bearer. The name Alexander works intellectual miracles when used in full even in its variants and diminutives as pronounced in other languages that are neither English nor Greece. Presumably the - ander section of the name (Alex) ander is the one with life consequences on the history of the bearer. Also, it is not clear whether they are persons called Alexander who are born bright and gifted or it is the name Alexander that conjures power of intellect and creativity on them.
In comparative historical scenarios this name Alexander has been the name of many rulers, including kings of Macedon, kings of Scotland, emperors of Russia and popes, the list is infinite. Indeed, it is bare that when you poke into facts from antiques of politics, religion and human diversity, there is rich evidence that there is substantial positive spirituality between human success and social nomenclature in the name of Alexander. Some cases in archaic point are available in a listological exposition of early rulers on Wikipedia. Some names on Wikipedia in relation to the phenomenon of Alexanderity are: General Alexander; more often known as Paris of Troy as recounted by Homer in his Iliad. Then ensues a plethora; Alexander of Corinth who was the 10th king of Corinth, Alexander I of Macedon, Alexander II of Macedon, Alexander III of Macedonia alias Alexander the Great. There is still in the list in relation to Macedonia, Alexander IV and Alexander V. More facts of the antiques have Alexander of Pherae who was the despotic ruler of Pherae between 369 and 358 before the Common Era. The land of Epirus had Alexander I the king of Epirus about 342 before the Common Era and Alexander II the king of Epirus 272 before the Common Era. A series of other Alexander’s in the antiques is composed of; Alexander the viceroy of Antigonus Gonatas and also the ruler of a rump state based on Corinth in 250 before the common era, then Alexander Balas, ruler of the Seleucid kingdom of Syria between 150 and 146 before the common era. Next in the list is Alexander Zabinas the ruler of part of the Seleucid kingdom of Syria based in Antioch between 128 and 123 before the common era, then Alexander Jannaeus king of Judea,103 to 76 before the common era and last but not least Alexander of Judaea son of Aristobulus II the king of Judaea. The list of Alexander’s in relation to the antiquated Roman empire are; Alexander Severus, Julius Alexander who lived during the second century as the Emesene nobleman, Then next is Domitius Alexander the Roman usurper who declared himself emperor in 308. Next comes Alexander the emperor of Byzantine. Political antiques of Scotland have Alexander I, Alexander II and Alexander III of Scotland. The list cannot be exhausted but it is only a testimony that there are a lot of Alexander’s in the antiques of the world.
Religious leadership also enjoys vastness of Alexander’s. This is so among the Christians and non Christians, Catholics and Protestants and even among the charismatic and non-charismatic. These historical experiences start with Alexander kipsang Muge the Kenyan Anglican Bishop who died in a mysterious accident during the Kenyan political dark days of Moi. But when it comes to The antiques catholic pontifical history, there is still a plethora of them as evinced on Wikipedia; Pope Alexander I, Alexander of Apamea also the bishop of Apamea, Pope Alexander II, Pope Alexander III, Pope Alexander IV, Pope Alexander V, Pope Alexander VI, Pope Alexander VII, Pope Alexander VIII, Alexander of Constantinople the bishop of Constantinople, St. Alexander of Alexandria also the Coptic Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria between then Pope Alexander II of Alexandria the Coptic Pope and lastly Alexander of Lincoln the bishop of Lincoln and finally Alexander of Jerusalem.
However, the fact of logic is inherent in the premise that there is power in the name.An interesting experience I have had is that; when Eugene Nelson Mandela ochieng was kidnapped in Nairobi sometimes ago, a friend told me that there is power in the name. The name Mandela on a Nairobi born Luo boy attracts strong fortune and history making eventualities towards the boy, though fate of the world interferes, the boy Eugene Mandela ochieng is bound to be great, not because he was kidnapped but because he has an assuring name Nelson Mandela. With extension both in Africa and without, May God the almighty add all young Alexander’s to the traditional list of other great and formidable Alexander’s that came before. Amen.

References;
Jewarlal Nehru; Glimpses of History


Alexander K Opicho is a social researcher with Sanctuary Researchers ltd in Eldoret, Kenya he is also a lecturer in Research Methods in governance and Leadership.

Submitted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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