posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 09:53 AM
It is doubtful that we, the voting masses, will ever, truly know what Sen. McCain "thinks of his qualifications"; the last thing a politician would
ever confess are his/her "true" beliefs.
Unfortunately, the public appeal of "Philospher Kings" faded with the golden age of ancient Greece.
Our fascination with, and preference for, "Warrior Kings" (or at least those wannabe kings who can portray themselves, convincingly as "Warriors")
has been the norm since then.
Probably stems from an early realization by an ancient ruling class that an obedient militarized society is far easier to control than an educated,
independently thinking and questioning, society.
Ease of control ensures continued status, and power/perks as the ruling elite, so a militarized society it became.
Hence, we live in a (global) culture where learning is considered "work" while warfare (and the obedience-based hierarchial structures it instills)
is considered a form of recreation, play.
The "School" of hard knocks vs. war "Games", for example.
It is insidious.