The Ephesians deserve, man for man, to be hung, and the youth to leave the city, inasmuch as they have banished Hermodorus, the worthiest man among them, saying: "Let no one of us excel, and if there be any such, let him go elsewhere and among other people."It is worth noting, although completely off-topic, that the biggest peril for ancient democracies were not foreign invaders, but exceptional men -- that is why the Athenians exiled most of their great men at some time or another (including Pericles), and why Julius Cesar was such a perilous man that he had to be murdered. In modern times Napoleon or Hitler are great examples of the same phenomenon.
That is why I am not angry anymore when mediocre men get to lead the government. Modern democracy is such a chore to rulers that most of them get weary after a time, and that is such a good thing.
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