Friday, 23 July 2021

Who was Cicero? Oh that one...

It is good to remember sometimes there were great people around in the distant past. People who had a very good idea what humanity is like! One of these guys Cicero, Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, philosopher and academic Skeptic, who tried to uphold optimate principles during the political crises that led to the establishment of the Roman Empire. His extensive writings include treatises on rhetoric, philosophy and politics, and he is considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and served as consul in 63 BC. I picked this up from Wikipedia. So, what did I find so good about him? Well, he said this:

1. The Poor – they work and work…..

2. The Rich – they exploit the poor….

3. The soldier – Protects both….

4. The Taxpayer – Pays for all three….

5. The Banker – Robs all four…..

6. The lawyer – Misleads all five…

7. The doctor – Invoices all six…

8. The Goons – Scare all seven…

9. The Politician – lives happily on account of all eight...

He apparently wrote this in 43BC, showing a good or even an excellent understuding of what the world of human work is like. Putting the political world in a proper spotlight.

It is rather poignant wouldn’t you think? It beautifully puts all the various elements of human life in its proper state and order. It makes me want to read more of his works! Call me mad, if you wish. Probably correct!

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