The Texas Prosecutor, May-June 2018

The Ideal Team Player

While still in high school many years ago, I remember reading the “Great Man” theory of history. This theory claimed that the big events in history were primarily due to the actions of various “Great Men.” You know, Pericles, Caesar, Luther, Jefferson, Flavor Flav … I remember thinking how much that made Total Sense—until someone patiently explained to me that in fact it Did. Not. Make. Any. Sense.
    I remember teachers demonstrating that what really drives important events are the actions of groups of people working together in concert. I finally realized that the individual’s actions, though important, were very much secondary to those of the groups and all that they accomplished.
    Still, the romanticism and appeal of the “Great Man” myth remains, particularly for American