McMenamins by the Sea 2017 — photo 16 of 27: Body Politic was the name of the room my wife and I stayed in at the McMenamins Gearhart Hotel in Gearhart, on Oregon’s North Coast, in January 2017. Both the name of the room and the painting by McMenamins artist Olivia Behm which hangs in the room were inspired by the book The Mystery of Golf by Arnold Haultain.
For in golf, so it would appear, the political constitution of this little human individual community is put to the severest and utmost test. So extremely complex, requiring the harmonious cooperation of so many sets of forces, is the task imposed by golf, that the whole body politic is thrown, every time it sets out on a round, into the throes of a constitutional crisis.

A huge and difficult political problem suddenly confronts it, a problem for the correct solution of which the nation must act harmoniously and as a unit. The Republic is in danger, and the inhabitants rush about looking for one whom to appoint as Dictator. Or, as the French say, well for that man among whose myriad cell-population there is always a Cincinnatus ready to leave his plough and attend to the game! For unless there is, there will be consternation in the capital, and no concerted action, but only vague hurryings and recriminations, and rushings to and fro of disorderly mobs. But alas!

Cincinnati are rare, very, very rare. It takes a great national cataclysm to throw up a great leader of men. Only, indeed, in great cataclysms are great men thrown up. What an upheaval produced a Napoleon, what a revolution a Washington! Ordinary events do not produce extraordinary men. Perhaps this is why an extraordinary round can be performed only by an extraordinary player.
Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article McMenamins on Oregon’s North Coast.
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