There is no easy way to determine whether or not someone or something is "great" in a manner that applies to all. People have predilections. People have different interests and tastes. A litmus test
I try to apply is whether or not this person, this book, this film, this piece of art is going to be looked upon as something worth acknowledging and contemplating 2,000 years from now. But you are
right. How is this even determined? Who made up the cultural oligarchies of centuries past—?—making the crucial decisions that would keep the achievements of artists, writers, and philosophers
alive throughout the ages.
Alexander the Great, Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, St. Augustine, Galileo, Confucius, Newton, Thomas Jefferson, Einstein, Picasso, etc.—when you start to look back at the individuals who have made their
mark in history by what they discovered, created, and gave to the world, there is a tendency to focus on the individuals who have "advanced" human society and civilization. Then there are those who
have created theologies, philosophies, ideologies, and theories—Moses, Jesus, Muhammed, Darwin, Freud, Jung, Dewey, Marx—who have shaped the boundaries in which we think, live, and ...
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