Sunday, February 1, 2009

Heroes and Hordes


Of history, some take the view
It's shaped by what great people do.
But others think the evidence
Shows trends of thought lead to events.

Thomas Carlyle, way back when,
Blamed history on the "great men."
Some others have opposed this view.
(I guess it doesn't matter who.)

It's quite egalitarian
To think that each barbarian
Is just as good as civilized,
But this point's been politicized.

Those who believe some folks are great
Think they deserve more from the state.
But those who see life as more fair
Think everyone deserves a share.

Is it about movements and trends,
Or great folks serving their own ends?
How can we ever solve this riddle?
The answer's somewhere in the middle.

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