Friday, August 28, 2009
Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
Fascinating biography: The British commander in WWI was a rigid thinker, without any trace of a sense of humor. He sincerely believed that he was chosen by God to defeat evil in the form of Germany. Anyone who opposed him was an instrument of the Devil. He had not an iota of self-doubt, and was apparently able to lose a million men without losing a moment of sleep. Sounds like a reincarnation of Oliver Cromwell. How do such pious killers rise to the top so often? Maybe it's precisely because zealots aren't hindered by the doubts of more rational people, and we find their supreme self-assurance alluring.