Cicero Speaks

5 Jan

Marcus Tullius Cicero was assassinated on December 7, 43 BCE.  He left behind a substantive body of writing.  Some years ago a colleague shared Cicero’s list of “man’s drastic mistakes.”  I often review them as a reminder.  As you consider your New Year’s resolutions perhaps you will reflect with me on these attributes.

The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others

The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.

Insisting that a thing is not possible because we cannot do it ourselves.

Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Neglecting development and refinement of the mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.

For a more in-depth discussion of these mistakes go to:

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