I am reading Rubicon by Tom Holland to prepare for an essay question for Roman History.

He gives a quote that I put in the blog last year from Caesar’s account of his campaigns in Gaul.

Human nature is universally imbued with a desire for liberty, and a hatred for servitude.

Of course the Gallic Wars was also a work of propaganda. Whether humans innately desire liberty is an interesting question in light of the time Caesar lived in. It is also a very relevant quote these days.

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  1. Not withstanding an anthropocentric interpretation, varying degrees of liberty exists in today’s world. Liberty for us may be discussing in a public forum Irish /US corruption. In other parts of the world it can mean something entirely different even if it meant placing ’liberty’ on a list of priorities.

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