As 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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