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.
This one has been broadcast on the news headlines today:
A Co Kildare man who attacked a policewoman with an iron bar in Lisburn police station 18 months ago and blinded her in the eye has been jailed for seven years.
As oppose to blinding her in the ear, nose or leg. Surely it should have read ‘blinded her in one eye’?
It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to use for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realise that it has passed away before we knew it was passing.
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life. C 5BC – AD 65
Human nature is universally imbued with a desire for liberty, and a hatred for servitude. Caesar, Gallic Wars.