I was watching the movie Troy recently. The one with Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom. As the movie came to a close and I heard the ending narration which in my opinion was pretty epic especially in conclusion to the initial narration.
Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity, and so we ask ourselves: Will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved.
If they tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles.
As I was sitting musing over these words, someone said, don’t you think life these days is so much better than in that era? Thank god I wasn’t born then.
As I considered this, yea sure on the surface, it seems through. People those days did not have running water, electricity, cars, air conditioning. But then I started to realise that despite those things they had other things.
They had wonderful things like free time, clean air, poets and jesters and artists on the streets. Yes, there are places in the world where these things are all very common and all these places also can usually accommodate the benefits of technology etc.
The most interesting thing I realised, I think, was that people in that time had problems like kings who imposed high taxes and went to war regularly.
We have governments that do the same.
Men of those days searched for glory, learning skills to kill on the battlefield. These days we do the same thing. Our training happens in schools, colleges and universities. And just like before, training can never prepare us for the real thing. Sure you might say people don’t physically die anymore but I would say our souls are being murdered. The corporate jungle twists and molds us. Those strong enough to survive then were hailed as war heroes. Today they are known as CEOs
There are many more examples but I will spare you from having to read them all and get to my point. Has society really advanced? Is advancement merely clothing the same behaviour in finer silk?
In terms of technology, how far have we come? Light years.
In terms of understanding of the planet, the galaxies, science and math how far have we come? Miles and miles.
But in terms of society, how far have we come?
In terms of behaviour how far have we really come?