A quick look back:
- The Persians thought to rule the world.
- Alexander the Great did the same.
- The Romans, a few hundred years later, took up the mantle of world domination.
- Genghis Khan wanted to claim the world as his. And if he could not do it, then maybe one of his many children could try when he was done.
- A little guy with a big ego from France traipsed across Europe leaving countless dead in his wake.
- A madman in Germany. We all know what he was about.
This list is not exhaustive and certainly not excusive to only them.
History Lesson: Throughout the ages, there has always been individuals that have wreaked havoc across the land motivated by power, money, and sex.
The greatest of the world dominators live on perpetually in the history books. But the timeline in between every one of them is littered with lesser men who tried to become like them. As it was back then, so it is now, and so it shall always be.
Chances are that you are not one of these megalomaniacs. And if you not one of them, then are most likely one of their targets.
What has changed?
It certainly isn’t the heart of the villain. But be not deceived, they are some of the greatest students of history. They have studied their predecessors and have learned from their mistakes. Well known super-villains will eventually come to ruin. The advance in technology over the last century makes it even harder to survive. Therefore, it is better to operate in the shadows than to promote your evil in the open.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all lessons in history.Aldous Huxley
What is the lesson? Is it to conceal your maneuvering towards world domination? No, this lesson is to identify those that would use us for their nefarious purposes. We must look within the shadows to see who is operating there. We all fear the direct assault, but that is not the most dangerous. They are often from the shadowspawn lurking behind the scenes. We must be wary of the wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing.