The Thinking Man’s Great Man
Every man fantasizes about being Great. Precious few ever come close to realizing such visions of Greatness, but somewhere deep down in that fetid swamp known as the male psyche there’s an imaginary Napoleon or phantom Julius Caesar charging forth into battle, conquering enemies, establishing empires, etc. If we’re lucky, we can sublimate some of that ambition into our professions and/or artistic endeavors; if less fortunate, we end up chewing the bitter cud of disillusionment. Admiring Great Men—especially of the military stamp—is probably a bad idea: but if you’ve just got to look up to some past ruler of limitless ambition, let it be Alexander the Great.