Monday, February 28, 2011

Daily Question: 2/28/11

Could a force like Alexander the Great exist today? Why or why not?

I do think that a force like Alexander the Great could exist today, but not as strong or influential on the whole world. For instance, I do not think that a force like Alexander's would happen in the United States or any other big country with a democracy or that is running fine now, but maybe in a small country to a point. In countries like Sudan, there is a leader that will kill innocent people, but it is not big or strong enough to take over a lot of the world like Alexander the Great did. Also, we were talking in class how people today don't usually hold a really strong grudge against people or an event that happened many many years ago. For example, Alexander the Great wanted to fight and defeat the Persians because 150 years earlier, the Persians had fought the Athenians and Alexander wanted to get revenge. Today, there are probably some people that don't even know a major event that happened over 150 years ago. If we took the Civil War as an example for people in the United States, I think that if I was a person that lived in the South, I would not want to get revenge on the North today because we have resolved the conflict and people have forgiven each other. Also, the new generations would not care as much as the people who fought in the Civil War or knew people that did. So, I do not really think that there would be a force like Alexander the Great's existing today unless it was a very, small and noneffective to most of the rest of the world. 

1 comment:

  1. I agree completely with what you said here. No huge force like Alexander, who has massive amounts of power could really take over a big top 40 or so countries because even though they were powerful, they do not have enough power to take over a huge country. I agree with what you said about what you said about the little countries like Sudan! Good Job Sophie!