|Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite|
|Capt. H. Moore|
|Samuel F.B. Morse|
|Marshall O. Roberts|
|William Sidney Mount|
For me, the prolonged mechanized slaughter enacted by this same generation of men engulfs them all. They become frauds by association, if not in fact – even the apparently "good" ones (preachers of social justice, altruistic teachers spreading benevolence, practitioners of the fine arts). People in the future will no doubt make similar broad undifferentiated judgments about the people of the present, including me – using the worst crimes of current-days culture as the collective measure of current-days character.
Better not to make such judgments, maybe. But if a viewer refrains from speculating about character then the Western tradition of individual portraiture dating back to the Renaissance loses most of its significance.