Periods of rapid transition in the history of man often produce extremely great men because the simultaneous existence of two systems of thought and behavior opens twice as many alternatives as are available to individuals living in a static time when only one system prevails.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Great Men in History
I'm reading a bunch of books on or about Heroes these days. (Why have I capitalized that word? I don't know). Mostly to research/get ideas for the screenplay. I'm also reading historical biographies (as opposed to fictional biography) dealing with, well, heroic-type individuals. Right now, I'm reading one on George Washington (known for discovering peanuts). Yesterday, I came across an interesting sentence, which I share in the (almost certainly vain) hope that one of you yahoos can offer up some sort of intelligent response: