giovedì 15 settembre 2011

martedì 13 settembre 2011

Cicerone. La Storia è maestra di vita? O sono gli uomini a essere perversi?


Historia magistra vitae.



E' Cicerone che ci ha lasciato questa massima, ma essa ci dice la verità? O meglio l'uomo riesce a migliorare traendo spunto dagli errori del passato?

Atrraverso la conoscenza del passato, gli uomini dovrebbero essere in grado, di sapere in anticipo le evoluzioni di determinate situazioni.

Si dovrebbero conoscere, quindi i prodromi di una dittatura o quelli di un disastro economico.

antica roma

Si potrebbero trovare soluzioni pacifiche ai conflitti, si potrebbero evitare guerre, stragi e spargimenti di sangue.

Tutto questo, però non accade, eppure la storia è là che ci ammonisce come se fosse una severa coscienza.

Allora se si conosce in anticipo dove si sta andando, se siamo consci di trovarci in una strada senza uscita che cos'è che ci fa andare avanti, cosa impedisce il cambiamento?


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domenica 4 settembre 2011

Here in Athens we do so.

Here in Athens we do so.
Here our government favors the many instead of the few: and this is called democracy.
Here in Athens we do so.
The laws here ensure equal justice for all in their private disputes, but we never ignore the merits of excellence.
When a citizen stands, then it will be, in preference to others, called to serve the state, but not as an act of privilege as a reward of merit, and poverty is not an impediment.
Here in Athens we do so.
The freedom we enjoy extends also to everyday life, we are not suspicious of one another and never bothered to our neighbors when our neighbor like to live in his own way.We are free, free to live exactly as we like, and yet we are always ready to face any danger.
An Athenian citizen does not neglect public affairs when attending to their private affairs, but also does not deal with public affairs to settle his private affairs.
Here in Athens we do so.
We have been taught to respect the magistrates, and we were also taught to respect the laws and never forget that we must protect those who get offended.
And we were also taught to observe those unwritten laws that reside in the universal sense of what is right and what is common sense.
Here in Athens we do so.
A man who does not care about the state we do not consider it harmless, but useless, and though a few are able to create a policy, all well here in Athens we can judge it.
We do not regard the discussion as an obstacle on the path of democracy.We believe that happiness is the fruit of freedom, but freedom is only the fruit of the value.
In short, I proclaim that Athens is the school of Hellas, and that every Athenian growing developing in him a happy versatility, confidence in himself, the readiness to face any situation and that is why our city is open to the world and we never expel a foreigner does not.
Here in Athens we do so.

Everything you can do or dream you can do begin it !

Courage has in 'genius, magic, power.
Start now.
(Goethe)