Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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In this plaza, like many, there is a statue of a famous figure. This one has the following caption:

LA IL LEGISTURA CONSTITUCIONALDEL ESTADODECRETO LA ERECION DE ESTE MONUMENTOEL 26 DE ABRIL DE 1869Y EL DECRETO SE CUMPLIO EN 1896SIENDO GOBERNADOR ELC. LIC. CARLOS PEON


I think it says that the state legislature decreed that such a monument should be built on 3/26/1869, that it was actually built on 3/26/1896, and that it's a monument to governor Carlos Peon.

Anyway, while looking at this monument, I couldn't help but notice how demeaning this monument is to someone that was likely perceived to be grander than life. It's this large square and a huge monument to this comparatively tiny person. Not that he's a small guy, but rather that people's roles are generally more impressive than their stature.

It reminded me of when I saw Bill Gates speak at the Game Developer's Conference a couple years back. I couldn't help but think "So there he is, the richest man in the world. $40 billion dollars, all controlled by that one guy...", but because he was just this tiny guy behind a podium on a huge stage, it was really hard to be impressed. Despite his larger-than-life bank account, he himself was no larger than life.

It's much like the scene in Braveheart when William Wallace introduces himself to the troops. One of the warriors seems incredulous, as William Wallace "is 8 feet tall!" To this he responds "Yes, and he shoots fireballs from his eyes and lighting from his arse." Basically, the soldier was reflecting the same... not dismay, but disappointment in finally coming to grips with the silliness of his built up expectations.



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