I’ve always been interested by the notion of time and how it influences our lives. The result is that I love reading books about both sci-fi futures and real history. But not only do I feast on novels, it also triggers my own thinking. Since a few months now I am more focused on our past and how it was lived by those living it. Currently I’m indulging myself with the famed novel series The Accursed Kings written by Maurice Druon between 1955 and 1977. A series of 7 novels that tell the true but romanticized stories of the French kings that lived and ruled during the 14th century. The stories are really captivating and they teach us a lot about life and politics during the Middle Ages, which truly doesn’t differ that much from today.
In the second novel, a minister that goes by the name Enguerrand de Marigny gets executed. He was one of the most trusted advisors of Philip IV the Fair but didn’t survive the and court intrigues during the reign of Philip’s son Louis X. Marigny is described and known as one of the most brilliant politicians in the history of France. And that made me wonder. Though the political games didn’t change that much over the centuries, the stakes have. So if Marginy would have lived today, would he still have been such a brilliant player? In other words, what are the circumstances that makes one great. So great that he or she becomes a true historical personality?
Greatness comes in many degrees. Some strive for it. Make it their objective in their life. Not all succeed. And some never give it any thought but faith decides differently for them. Some people reach a form of greatness simply because of what they represent. They become an example for others. I believe that some people can become great by the actions they take. But I really think that true greatness lies in the fact of how some are dealt a bad hand by life, turn this around with strength and determination and make the best of it. The greatness of positive thinking. –BM-
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