posted on Nov, 9 2013 @ 05:21 AM
reply to post by brace22
How does one even measure greatness?
Is scale a measure of greatness? If so then does historical size count, or only current size? Or do we measure greatness by the geopolitical
footprint of a nation? How about history itself? Do we measure the greatness of a nation by the length of its existence? Is the cultural diversity of
a nation important to its greatness?
In my opinion, Britain, for example, was greater when Boudica...
Led her offensives against the Romans, than it ever was when the Empire was being formed, and it was not even properly called Britain at that time by
the people who lived there.
I personally believe that a nations greatness ought to be connected to its lack of impact outside its borders. Nations which have not invaded other
nations, which do not build their status on the bones and blood of the innocent, which have no history of slavery, which have never gained something
at the expense of a neighboring population, a nation which has never behaved in a mercenary fashion, which has fought tyranny within its own borders,
and never sought to conquer another... that would be a great nation. I am not sure that any of these remain on this planet.