SurgicalSteel wrote:According to Smithsonian Magazine, there have been over 300,000 books written about Napoleon Bonapart, the equivalent of 4 per day since he died. That's kind of nuts.
And; To be expected.
We were given a memorable lecture, once upon a time.
The Thesis of that lecture was,"Your job is to stay Out of the history books!"
Good, kind, intelligent leadership that leads to Peace and quiet prosperity is uninteresting to history writers.
There are enough books about wars to fill several libraries.
WWI and WWII have entire sections.
Hitler has entire rooms filled with books about him and his.
From the outside we fucking Love war.
From the inside, it's like a dog--Too dark to read.
Peace...People that rally for Peace.
Societies that obtain Peace.
well...There are a few books about those people, their time on Earth and the details of what they did and the way they did it.
There are a few books; Not many. Working together, we might be able to fill a respectable sized book shelf with those books.
A dozen or so may even be written or translated into English.
The man that gave that lecture knew, what the fuck, he was talking about.
War will get you into the history books.
Peace might get you a line if it lands you in Jail....maybe.
Many advocates for Peace in the US during the last fifteen years have gone to jail and disappeared.
They don't get so much as line in a book. Their paperwork is often lost. Coincidence?
That, my darling, is depressing shit.
It's also true. We don't want to know.
9/11-2001 and Dicky Boy have a room full of books already.
We will be writing about that shit for generations to come.
Dicky Boy made the History books.
His section will fit nicely with Napoleon, Hitler and all the other interesting
Kings and Generals.
While the whisper of the memory of those that opposed him will evaporate.
I have never been a fan of History. I have no talent for it.
I was informed that Napoleon was not, just, a busy guy.
He was several different guys!
Some were blood relatives.
They were cousins.
They shared a grandparent.
Some simply shared a common last name.
One or two adopted the name for advertisement purposes.
The Napoleon public policies seem to have fallen out of favor.
I've been told, Napoleon is still a common and respected ice cream.
In three hundred years, will Dicky Boy Cheney be a common desert?
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.
We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.
Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.