A lesson from history

Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Who also wrote; “Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”

And;

“Politicians are not born; they are excreted.”

Sound familiar?

No wonder he used to be taught as part of a classical education. As well as many other Greek and Roman philosophers. Because they’d seen the same mistakes made two freaking thousand years ago and more.