Rich Alderson wrote:
> Ed Cryer <e...@somewhere.in.the.uk
>> Have you ever hung around the Piazza Della Rotunda in Rome, where all
>> the tourists flock to see the Pantheon? Germans, Japanese, Spanish,
>> Brits, Americans? Listen to what they say, and you'll soon see my point
>> of view. What does it say on that front? What does oculus mean? Why does
>> it have a dome?
>> The Japs see it through the eyes of their Great Wall; the Germans
>> through the Brandenburg Gate; the Brits through Palladian eyes.
>> I see it through the eyes of emperor Hadrian and his Roman contemporaries.
> I believe you mean, in a non-PC fashion, the Chinese, not the Japanese.
> And I sincerely doubt that you see anything through Roman eyes, contemporary to
> Hadrian or otherwise. Presumably you do not hold with slavery, for example.
The curse of democracy is the mob; the mindless mob who are swayed by
fashion, passion, fear and envious resentment. When caught looting
they'll feel justified because "everybody else was doing it".
Uneducated, knowing little of history and human cultural diversity,
they're condemned to repeat history's mistakes.
These are the "plebs". For the thinking "populus" it's okay when they
storm the Bastille, for the populus hates the ancien régime; but not
when they storm the Winter Palace. In this the populus too show prejudice.
A hero works with reason pre-eminent. His judgements and actions are
founded in long-term considerations. He is society's saviour in its hour