Mark Monson wrote:
>So, in each of these examples, it wasn't great men acting
>in solidarity with the people,
>but rather great men seeking their own gain that brought
That is a blatant false dichotomy fallacy. Great men can
act in solidarity with the people while seeking their own
gain (think of Napoleon), and they can act independently of
the people for the people's benefit rather than their own
(e.g., the British administrators in Hong Kong). And many
other permutations thereof. Personally, I think a lot of
human progress is made because a few highly capable people
like to solve problems. They just enjoy the process, and
their motives are no more profound than that.
>And therefore the lesson to be learned is that
>self-seeking is the solution?
Self-seeking -- or more accurately, greed -- is the
problem; but that's a lesson learned more from history's
failures than its successes.
-- Roy Langston
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