I posted this at my personal blog, but I thought that the Aquilon’s Eyrie readers might be interested as well.
The ancient Greeks had a very accurate philosophical worldview about the dangers of success. That is, the tragic flaw in humanity is not that we fail, rather it is that our very successes that destroy us. Achilles does not die on the walls of Troy because he failed as a soldier, he is struck down in the very moment of victory by a coward’s poisoned arrow, struck in a weakness he possessed from birth.
So when I think about America’s current problems, it seems as though they spring from her successes. The American people are almost psychotic in their belief that they can discuss issues with rouge countries probably because in America, the rule of law and a measure of civility have been so ingrained that in most American’s experiences, they can indeed resolve most problems by discussing them. Because American innovation made the firearm so affordable that everyone could…
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