The Siege of Tyre and things that matter
Somewhere across the world, there’s a barbershop in Lebanon called the Elvis Barbershop. It’s located at the red marker you see above.
There’s nothing particularly interesting about the Elvis Barbershop except that I like its name – who names a barbershop “Elvis?”
It’s located in the city of Tyre, which is a peninsula off of the mainland.
But it wasn’t always a peninsula. It was an island for probably millions of years when Alexander the Great came by in 332 BC.
Alexander (Al, to his friends) had taken over much of the area and this was the last bit to be conquered. But the inhabitants of Tyre refused to surrender because they were an island fort with 200 ft (60 meter) walls.
And they were so arrogant that they tossed Alexander’s ambassadors over the walls to their deaths.
So Al filled in the land between the mainland and the island, pulled his weapons over, and laid siege to the island – now peninsula – for 70 days.
Afterward, he conquered the city-fortress and destroyed everything.
Fast-forward 2,400 years and there’s a fella in the world – presumably named Elvis – that has a barbershop on the ground that Alexander laid. An act only ancillary to Al’s main goal still affects the world to this day.
Thought about all this because someone contacted me and said that something I wrote affected his life.
I think we all hope that the things we do have some lasting good effect far beyond ourselves.
The hope that somewhere in our wicked, wicked childhoods, we must have done something good that means something to someone.