Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Alexander the Great and darts

Some marvellous commentary from Sid Waddell on Eric Bristow's darts victory in 1985:

When Alexander of Macedonia was 33 he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer - Bristow is only 27!

Another story says that on hearing from the philosopher Anaxarchus, probably a Democritean atomist, that there were innumerable other cosmoses in the universe, Alexander cried because he had not conquered even one (Plutarch, De tranquillitate animi 466D; Val. Max. 8.14 ext. 2; DK 72 A11). Which is worse: an ambition achieved leaving nothing more to strive for, or the recognition that one's ambition can never be completely achieved?

1 comment:

Kel said...

I'd say the latter, as surely some comfort can be taken from the achievement, even if it does create a vacuum, though it could be argued that both ultimately leave the indiviual with a sense of futility, and how they got there is irrelevant.

Issn't happiness supposed to be the existence of the possibility of a (percieved) positive change?