Here is something of a slightly lighter character for this blog.
A number of years ago, a traveling exhibit of Roman statuary came to one of the major museums in Houston. Among many other beautiful statues, there was a long line of busts; the head and shoulders of many of the Roman emperors. At the beginning of the line was Julius Caesar.
As I stared at the head of Julius Caesar, I had a strange feeling of familiarity about the face. It was the face of someone contemporary, someone famous. Finally I had it! Julius Caesar resembles Vladimir Putin! Or, alternatively, Vladimir Putin resembles Julius Caesar.
Take a look.
The resemblance raises another question; whether people come in archetypes. To me, it seems that certain patterns among people recur, perhaps controlled by groups of genes which are inherited together. Sometimes, physical appearance, abilities, personality, attitudes and gestures occur as a correlated set. We recognize these archetypes in our humor, in our dramas, in our cartoons. We look at a new colleague and say silently to ourselves, "Oh, no, not again. One of THOSE."
Perhaps evolution selected certain patterns which persist in populations today. A small, near-sighted man, introverted, patient and clever with his hands, might have been a flint-knapper, making arrowheads and spear points for the clan. Large and strong men, courageous and far-sighted, might have been the hunters. A woman with sharp mind and memory, and fascinated with plants might have been a healer. And ambitious, authoritarian leaders have been a part of mankind as long as people have organized themselves in groups.