A most pertinent and much needed op-ed.
Were the Ancients taught from earliest childhood, perhaps mankind might have exceeded his original programming and preempted his self-annihilation.
For the highest life form on this planet is hell-bent on not only destroying himself, but taking the entire planet with him.
Fwiw. People that can speak plainly obvious truths should never stop speaking them. Not even as the flames rise higher and higher. So PLEASE! keep saying what needs to be said.
Tomorrow is not promised. And even if it were, our days are too short to gloat. The only thing we can take with us is what we leave behind.
So make it count.
“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.”
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”
“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
“An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.”
“The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.”
- ALBERT CAMUS
“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”
“No man is free who is not master of himself.”
“Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.”
“It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.”
“It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.”
“Not to know what happened before you were born is to be a child forever. For what is the time of a man, except it be interwoven with that memory of ancient things of a superior age?”
"The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words."
- MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO
"Courage is knowing what not to fear."
"The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself.
"To be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile."
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark.
"The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."
"...there is simple ignorance, which is the source of lighter offences, and double ignorance, which is accompanied by a conceit of wisdom.
And he who is under the influence of the latter fancies that he knows all about matters of which he knows nothing."
"According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.”
"The measure of a man is what he does with power."
"When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them."
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."
"I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing."
"To find yourself, think for yourself."
"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."