Does anyone else get very sad when they study history, particularly great individuals?
I recently watched the 'Alexander' movie Ultimate Edition (this thread isn't about the movie), and I realised when it ended that nothing I ever do in my life could even come close to that.
I'm sort of miffed I won't be able to leave my mark on the history books like he did.
Within 4 generations, no one will have known you even existed - much less care about you. However, names like Caesar, Napoleon and Alexander the Great will live on for thousands of years.
You can always go out and try to kill your head of state, if leaving your mark in history books concerns you that much.
Personally I don't really care. Being remembered a thousand years from now for your achievements sounds nice, but what does it matter? Caesar and the unknown legionnaire serving under him are dead all the same, and so will be you and me.
If the unkown legionnaire managed to build himself a good and productive life, founded a family with a sweet girl and proceeded lived to ripe old age, sometimes telling his grandchildren stories from his time in the arme, until he peacefully passed away amidst his loving family - well, then I'd rather be the legionnaire than the famous dude who got stabbed to death by his own adoptive son.
>You can always go out and try to kill your head of state, if leaving your mark in history books concerns you that much.
This is my plan, personally. At around age 35.
Yes, we definitely feel this depression.
Alternatively, depression at seeing where something went horribly wrong, or how a great man's work was totally undone. Gets me every time.
I read a lot of stuff about Genghis Khan a few years back.
It started after I saw a BBC documentary on him. The ending made me feel.
Even though he was a warlord, he was so damn good at it it's hard not to respect him.
This is the last part of the documentary where he dies. But if you don't know anything about him watch the whole thing.
Yeah, I feel that way pretty often. You also have to remember that eventually our solar system will die out and nobody really knows if humans will ever have the capability to colonize a different solar system. Everything returns to dust in the end.
I should point out that great men come in many shapes and sizes though. You may not know their names, but there are tons of people who have had a significant impact on our lives. Just think about all the inventions you use every day. The medical, scientific, mechanical, legal, and educational systems that you benefit from. Millions of people worked to create these things. Millions of people work to maintain them and make things work. If you are a productive member of society you should feel good about it. It's true that people might not remember who you were, but your deeds will make a difference anyway.
I don't get sad over accomplishments, but I often times find myself becoming very depressed when reading about the experiences of soldiers in certain wars.
The Great War in particular has ruined me emotionally.
As an Australian I read
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Before you cast aspersions, know too, that this is what the earnest Australian tourists to ANZAC cove see when they shit on the hillsides, drunkenly, on the 24th of April eve.
You can't make a sweeping statement like that. The great man theory works on a case by case basis. Napoleon and Hitler were definitely products of their times, but there was no tumultuous shake up of mongol society during the rise of Genghis Khan, ditto Middle Eastern society during Alexander. Some men can change the flow of society by their actions alone.