Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Back To A Future
Phaeton, expressing his ambition to win peerless renown, anticipates the following response from the entity with which he is conversing:
"...that the desire for a life of glory was nothing more than selfishness and self-aggrandizement; that all human accomplishment was the outcome of a collective effort."
Even in such a multifarious society, will responses be so predictable and also so mean-spirited? Many accomplishments are collective. Humanity has built civilization. Any civilization, especially a highly technologized one, enables many individuals to accomplish great things, including many talented and creative individuals who do not seek renown but who rightly receive it.
I do not feel that Wright's plotting protagonists measure up to the dynamism and creativity of their own civilization.