Which group's work has the better chance of enduring in perpetuity: A) Politicians, Kings, Queens, etc. or B) Authors, Painters, Philosophers, Poets, etc.?
Ask the prehistorian that painted in those caves.
Rulers: change cultures and environments.
Art may be pervasive and cross cultures, but the political structures and rulers of the Western Works have made a scar that will endure generations.
We still have exact translations of stories written by the Greeks, but only the abstract of their laws and customs. Their art lived longer than their rule, and in a purer form
Rulers, laws are made but seldom removed. Politicians, just re-interpret them for their own purposes.
Well I mean most (modern some past) liberal artists tend to kill themselves because someone critiques their work. Rulers tend to work in different variations of ideas. I'd say rulers.
Both! Artist need leadership.
Somebody has to work for a living.
You mentioned the word "chance", so based on that I would say politicians simply because there are so many more artists, poets, and musicians out there than there are politicians.
I think he meant as a group. Like, what will still be culturally relevant a thousand years from today, our best book or our best politician? At least, that's what I think he meant
COL - you are correct.
Look back at history. Universally, the oldest documents from any given part of the world are governmental.
ARAN - well.....there are those caveman paintings......
People will still be reading Heinlein a thousand years from now, and thinking man, that guy must have been a time traveller or something. The mercenary musings of dime-a-dozen politicians won't be read by anyone but historians a generation from now.
What about Catherine the Great, Joseph II, or Q Elizabeth I? Could I guess throw Abraham Lincoln in that mix too. I tend to agree with you broadly though.