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The Problem with Monuments to Mere Mortals

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“Because I’m so big, you have to look at me. I think of myself as a monument. But sometimes I like to feel small.” — Shaq

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The problem with monuments to men is that men (humans) are inherently fallible and flawed.

It’s even a Biblical tenet — that no man is without sin.

One person’s hero is often someone else’s oppressor.

To remove one statue and replace it with another seems problematic.

Create art that champions and celebrates ideas and ideals, instead. Or plant trees and create gardens in the public square; they’re naturally life affirming.

 

Photo: G.A. Peck, 2014