Re: Art Stopped Short
- From: "DaveD" <davedn1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 21:04:50 GMT
"SPT" <Rhododactylon@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:1193534798.611211.88490@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
On Oct 27, 1:54 pm, Fish Eye no Miko <f...@xxxxxxx> wrote:On Oct 26, 7:16 pm, SPT <Rhododacty...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Gandalf was not sent to Middle-Earth to rule. But when
> Denethor goes mad he takes command in Minas Tirith.
> During Voldemort's reign of terror, surely Dumbledore
> should have done something similar.
Or maybe he realized that molding young minds is a powerful way of
creating a better world. What if DD has been MOM and Harry hadn't had
that close headmaster-student relationship with him?
Well, it is certainly true that Dumbledore has had immense influence
as a teacher. Harry's ethics resound with Dumbledore's ideals.
But let's remember that one of Dumbledore's other students was.... Tom
Marvolo Riddle. And presumably most of the Death Eaters. Dumbledore's
teaching did not prevent them from seeking to defeat Death by means
of murder and treachery.
But if Dumbledore had used his will to power for the greater good,
surely he could have prevented the rise of the Death Eaters the first
time around. No one is wiser than Dumbledore. As minister, he would
have seen and eliminated the corruption of the politics of the
Once that was done, the unified Ministry would be much more powerful.
An aggressive campaign to defeat all the Death Eaters other than
Voldemort would leave the Dark Lord friendless and relatively
powerless. He would be no threat.
Then Dumbledore could turn his attention to improving the Muggle
world, picking Muggle leaders for their wisdom and ethics and making
sure they gained office. Certainly no one could do a better job at it
than Dumbledore. And the with the full power of the Wizarding World to
support him, he would have been able to do it easily.
Wouldn't all this been at least as important a contribution as
teaching? Alexander's conquests had lasting benefits to both East and
West. Dumbledore's would have done the same for both Wizards and
I'd like to think you're being deeply ironic with your comments but I fear you're not.
Temptation to misuse his abilities as you suggest is exactly why Dd avoided becoming MoM. It's not down to him to manipulate countries and their populations in deciding elections for leaders. Just because certain countries have done that in the past (and quite possibly in the present too!) doesn't make it ok. He might have seen the corruption but eliminating it isn't so easy. And he knows he was wrong with what he thought was right with Grindenwald, so how can he be sure he would be doing the right think with the MoM. It's a lot easier being a freedom fighter outside the government :)
I also think it's quite feasible that after realising his mistake with Gw, Dd extremely concerned about succumbing to the temptation to enjoy and potentially misuse power, even through good intentions.
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