Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium

G*rd*n gcf at panix.com
Tue Sep 29 19:11:58 EST 1998


amiga at primenet.com says...
|>> |> I suggest you do some reading on the subject, and alter your bigoted
|> sexist views.

larryc at teleport.com (Larry Caldwell):
|>> | His view may be sexist, but it is also accurate.  Maybe by the end of the
|>> | next millennium, women will have made a more profound contribution to
|>> | human culture.

gcf at panix.com (G*rd*n) wrote:
|>> I don't see any reason to identify fame with culture.  The
|>> average mother has probably contributed more constructively
|>> to human culture than all the great generals, politicians,
|>> and other puff adders of this millennium or any other put
|>> together.  The leading characters of history -- "the sorry
|>> register of man's crimes and follies" -- are by and large
|>> its leading psychopaths and blowhards.

Maynard Handley schrieb:
|> Don't tell me, let me guess, you're a believer in social promotion, right?
|> Exactly why should I be impressed with the average mother?
|> Should I be impressed with the average tree for growing high, or the
|> average salt crystal for replicating its structure?
|> Spare me this pious Barney the dinosaur crap.

I don't know whether you _should_ be impressed with the
average mother.  You might be into slavery, for instance, in
which case you'll be impressed with some master or other,
and hope to emulate him, succeed him, or at least be one of
his favorite slaves.  Or you might just like breaking stuff.
Or you might be into fame, marketing, propaganda, that sort
of thing.  My remarks were about contributing constructively
to human culture, not what impresses you, besides Barney
the Dinosaur and social promotion.

mawa at iname.com:
| Maynard, history is not something that is made only by famous leaders, not to a
| great extent.  ...

Oh, _history_ is largely made by parasites, destroyers, and
marketeers.  It's their _metier_.  But I already quoted
Gibbon's apt description of it.  I wasn't talking about
history, but contributions to human culture -- see above.
For the Man of the Millennium, no doubt any of the greater
mass-murders will do.  How about Vlad the Impaler?  While
he didn't pile up the bodies like some, he had an
imaginative way of going about his business.


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