Chapter 13 - Lord of the Rings
I nodded enthusiastically. "In this sense Tolkien has evidently asked us to consider what our world would be like today if the equivalent of Sauron's ring had been buried eons ago together with the one who had forged it. Since in real history, Sauron is Aristotle, the imperial philosopher of the ancient world, we may assume that the Roman Empire might never have existed then. Then the corruption of the image of man might have been put into the grave with all the dead soldiers of the Peloponnesian War. But Aristotle was probably paid, and paid well, to dig up this stench that the sub-human philosophy of sophistry emits from the original ghost of fascism and greed. Unfortunately, with Aristotle's efforts the sophistry of Pericles was kept alive in Aristotle's black tower symbolically named the theory of natural slavery. Those who lost their humanity by the intimidation of the tower, who call themselves no longer by the name, humanity, but by the name, aristocracy, now all pay homage to that tower. But as Saruman did, they find no substance therein. That emptiness drives them to insanity. When Frodo succeeds, the ancient train of tragedy stops. If it had stopped at the end of the Peloponnesian War and be put to rest then, many billions of people would not have perished. Mankind might have stood on the moon in 800-AD with space-based power a reality by the year 1000, which we still don't have today. Because of this single failure we are now facing a thousand year deficit in preparing the planet for the next Ice Age."
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