Forgetting the Heroes, I like Ike More than Atlantis (Timaeus)

Eidos | 10/17/2018 | Staff
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Beat the bad guys and the History Channel will end up talking more about the bad guys than the good guys. Ike may be likable, but he is not Hitler and evidently the Nazis draw viewers more than the Allies.

Our Ike is a decent man, no saint, but no blood and soil genocidal maniac. His vices were common, his virtues uncommon. He was a winner, but lacked flair, wearing his uniform uncomfortably and garbling his words. He could not strut a stadium like Hitler. He was likable and brilliant, not muderous and charismatic.

Losers - Problem - Disease - Cable - Plato

We won, but the evil losers fascinate us and there is a problem. This is not new, some nefarious disease caused by cable, since Plato made the point (slyly) hundreds of years before ratings were a thing. He told a story about a brave city, Athens, that faced down a mighty evil empire and won. Athens liberated the known world, but then her victorious army was swept away as was the evil empire: Atlantis.

I have a shelf of books written by people looking for Atlantis, but few memorials to the freedom fighters who beat them. Here is the summary of a legendary war in Timaeus where Athens (the city of the Athena) defeats the tyranny of Atlantis:

Athens - Invaders - Monument - Victory - Enslavement

Nevertheless she (Athens) overcame the invaders and erected her monument of victory. She prevented the enslavement of those not yet enslaved and generously freed all the rest of us who lived within the boundaries of Heracles. Sometime later, excessively violent earthquakes and floods occurred, and after the onset of an unbearable day and a night, your entire warrior force sank below the earth all at once, and the Isle of Atlantis likewise sank below...
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