Now this is something we don’t see much nowadays – total devotion to a leader.

In today’s day and age of newspaper cartoons and The Chasers, what leader (whether military or political) would we have such love and devotion for?

Actually, that’s not quite correct.  If you were to substitute “sports person” or “actor” or “singer” for military or political leader, the population could actually probably come up with a list of people we highly admire and would follow.

But what politician gets that kind of respect?  What kind of prime minister would?  What sort of President?

It’s just not something we do very much (well, least not in Australia anyway).

However, you must admit – it would be kind of nice to have someone to admire like that, don’t you think?  (Maybe not as blindly as Nikolai and the rest of the Russian army, but it would be nice to have some genuine heroes.)

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3 thoughts on “One-Year War and Peace 3.8 – For Love of the Tsar

  1. I guess we still get something vaguely close to this in the way some people herald royalty – although, admittedly, not so much here in Australia. It’s not something that I can say I have particularly felt – but then that’s the glory of Tolstoy’s writing, isn’t it, that he can whip you up into the experiences of his characters even when it’s something you can’t remotely imagine ever experiencing yourself.

    And I guess, at another level, this chapter was yet another meaphor for Tolstoy’s view of history – all these little individual elements getting swepped up in the bigger tide: getting swepped up in it every bit as much as they are a part of making it happen.

  2. We tend to admire our religious leaders like that . . . they say once you’ve laid eyes on the Dahli Lama, you’re under his spell forever. If what I’ve read from the many quotations I’ve seen is an example of who he is, I can understand that.

    I imagine it would have been something else to have known Jesus, Mohammed or The Buddha. How about Mahatma Gandi . . . Oh, I’d love to sit in the presence of those people.

    About idolizing actors or singers/musicians . . . I think we love them for who we want them to be; if we got to know them individually, worked with them, lived with them, I imagine many of us would fall ‘out of love’.

    They are only people, after all.

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