A few fascinating and disturbing thoughts came to mind. The main realization was how little difference there is between modern-day corporations and former-day tyrannical monarchs with respect to their atrociousness and lack of consciences.
Keeping in mind of course that The Tudors series was indeed a portrayal. History records much of Henry VIII, but who is to say how much is true or accurate. And The Corporation focuses only on the most insidious of businesses, with little emphasis on those that are more responsible to humanity.
Both regimes use the populace to selfishly serve their own purposes. They suck the life out of them and discard them. So how far have we really come in 500 years?
The Who sang, “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss”.
Even George W had the sense to say, “… fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me…you can’t get fooled again.”
How naive we must be to think we are beyond making the same mistakes of the past. We would scoff at the megalomania of Henry VIII creating a new church appointing himself the head of it simply to grant himself a divorce on a technicality that others would not agree to. Yet we now have corporations able to patent life forms. And we think we have advanced?
How can we ever move forward and grow, if we are not wary of repeating the past? Rather than looking condescendingly at those of the past and their errors, might our energy not be better spent realizing how easily we might become like them?