In governance, sortition (also known as allotment or demarchy) selects political officials as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates. The logic behind the sortition process originates from the idea that “power corrupts.” For that reason, when the time came to choose individuals to be assigned to empowering positions, the ancient Athenians resorted to choosing by lot. In ancient Athenian democracy, sortition was therefore the traditional and primary method for appointing political officials, and its use was regarded as a principal characteristic of true democracy.
I can ask any American, “what happened in 1492?” They'll tell me, “well, Columbus sailed in 1492.” And that is correct; he did. But that's not the only thing that happened in 1492. In 1492, England and France signed a peace treaty. In 1492, the Borgias took over the papacy. In 1492, Lorenzo de Medici, the richest man in the world, died. A lot of things happened. If there had been newspapers in 1492—which there weren't, but if there had—those would have been the headlines, not this Italian weaver's son taking a bunch of ships and sailing off to nowhere.
But Columbus is what we remember, not the Borgias taking over the papacy. Five hundred years from now, people are not going to remember which faction came out on top in Iraq, or Syria, or whatever. And who was in, and who was out. They will remember what we do to make their civilization possible.