MULTITUDE, n. A crowd; the source of political wisdom and virtue. In a republic, the object of the statesman's adoration. "In a multitude of consellors there is wisdom," saith the proverb. If many men of equal individual wisdom are wiser than any one of them, it must be that they acquire the excess of wisdom by the mere act of getting together. Whence comes it? Obviously from nowhere — as well say that a range of mountains is higher than the single mountains composing it. A multitude is as wise as its wisest member if it obey him; if not, it is no wiser than its most foolish.
2009 Update: The many, of whom most are mainly martyrs and merely imagined. In most cases, one leader and a horde of grief.
Finishing the bread and fish
On the shore of Galilee
The Five thousand dared another wish
From him who gave his life for me.
St. James asked the holy seed
"Can you please this multitude?"
I could, indeed, The LORD agreed
But then they'd be but a few.