A lesson of history.
Today, I told Fintan, 8, about the Spartans. I told him of their greatness as warriors, and their valor in battle, their great martial skill and their highly organized – and rather hard – culture. He listened, quietly and waited for me to finish. Then, his voice rose, in challenge, as if I had overlooked something obvious:
“But Dad, there are no more Spartans left.”
My response was a momentary – and appreciative – silence. He had a point.
“Yes. You are quite right, Fintan.”
Sometimes, a look at the modern world, is a profound lesson, itself, as to whom was really successful in history. How funny for Fintan to see through my tale of Spartan greatness, so readily. Then again, there are not many cultures who are truly great, by Fintan’s implicit measure: will our own people survive in 2,500 years time? At this point, there is no telling, though I hope so.
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