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Pick of our readers’ comments: These ‘greats’ grate on us

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IN response to Bernard Carpenter: Ousted by nonentities, the truly Great Black Britons

Reuben Wade wrote: 

Look at any list of the ‘greats’ of whatever nation, and what one finds is that, centuries ago, the greats were: Generals, admirals, philosophers, leaders of nations, men of outstanding religious conviction, architects of cathedrals, etc.

Then during the era of agricultural and industrial developments and empire we have the great agriculturalists, the land improvers, the inventors, the engineers, the railway builders, the shipwrights, the industrialists, the explorers, the cartographers, the treaty-makers, and still the generals, field marshals and admirals.

Then we come to the era of science and we recognise the great physicists, chemists, biologists, medicine men, nuclear researchers, aeronautical inventors and, yes, rocket scientists. Scattered throughout are monarchs, philosophers, mathematicians, and the true greats of political life.

When we come to the lists of the modern ‘greats’, what do we find? Actors, actresses, pop-singers, comedians, cartoonists, fashion designers, footballers, basketball players, golfers’ wives, newsreaders, Bart Simpson, first female this, first black that, first gay the next thing, catwalk models, foul-mouthed rappers, drug-raddled guitarists, etc, etc.

The truth is, modern society doesn’t know what a great person is. In the age of ‘equality’, every great must be designated a mediocrity; and every mediocrity must be counted as a great.

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