Cicero was proven right…but was it too late?

4490394_origAs a student of history, I was drawn by current events to the words of a famous Roman orator and philosopher Marcus Tulluis Cicero. I would like to share some of my thoughts on a couple of mistakes highlighted below and pose questions for your consideration. In one of his many papers on the decline of the Roman Empire, Cicero wrote:

Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:

  • Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others.
  • Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
  • Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
  • Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
  • Neglecting development and refinement of mind.
  • Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Marcus Tullius Cicero; 63 BC
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