JRR Tolkien and Zuckerberg, while not the ideal comparison of men, will suffice for the exercise to occur below:
- Inherently gifted (Tolkien in writing and language, while Zuck is a natural coder)
- Focused on their work
- Both have cults
This will be a short post, as I have had a long day, but I am writing it because I made a promise to a friend of mine, and I keep my promises.
Many decry (this season, it's the GOP's turn) Zuckerberg's opinions on immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the country. The question begs, "Is Zuck off?"
I answer: no. Zuck is entirely "in form" and consonant with the rest of the orchestra, neither leading nor lagging: Zuck is in form for today's America.
Contrast with JRR Tolkien, consummate academic, scholar, and novelist sans pareil. He enlisted in the British military and actually saw action, lost friends in horrible deaths, and suffered constantly from trench-related diseases.
Question: would Tolkien, today, agree or disagree with Zuck, and would Zuck in 1916 refuse to join the British military?
Indulge your imagination and ponder this, as my question is inherently "non-falsifiable", but I wager bottom-dollar hypothecated from own eyes that Zuck would have enlisted in the British military in 1916, and likewise Tolkien wouldn't have understood the aversion to amnesty and more open immigration today.
The real problem is the State has let us down, and yes, it IS decaying, and yes, the transition WILL be difficult, but recall Spengler's last words from "Decline of the West":
ducunt fata volentum, nolentum trahunt