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So that his name would live forever, Herostratus burned down the Temple of Artemis, which Greeks considered to be the most beautiful building in the world. Destruction as a path to fame is easy, creation is hard. As Paul Graham once said:
Graffiti happens at the intersection of ambition and incompetence: people want to make their mark on the world but have no other way to do it than literally making a mark on the world.
Our schools and universities have created two generations of incompetent children who are trying to make their marks on the world by destroying it.Published in