One of the things that sets us apart from other mammals is our ability to adapt quickly. And so I watch with interest both world and American politics. Things seem to be changing, but nothing is clear. You have to wonder if change or the status quo matters? I think of a line from the The Who’s song, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”
In the 18th century, rulers had no concept of change and/or adaptability. Their divine right was unquestioned. The practical world lent support to this. You made furniture, glass, etc., in a time honored, rule bound fashion. The laws of nature seemed immutable.
There were side affects. People gilding brass or silvering mirror plate came down with mercury poisoning. The Oriental lacquerers were also made sick by their craft. And the delusion of kings, as far as divine right is concerned, was just a passing fancy.
As a species, we surprise ourselves. The Middle East and Madison, WI are both surprises. What is clear is that it isn’t a system that makes a country work, it is a belief that things can and will get better. This is another aspect of humanity, optimism. We are a remarkable group after all.