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A Little History

b2ap3_thumbnail_MP900425546I choose to provide you a short history lesson only to set the stage for some observations made by the subject of the lesson.  The subject is the Roman Poet, Virgil.  He was an interesting person who was born and died in the century immediately before the birth of Christ.  Being a contemporary of that ancient world however didn’t stop him from thinking in ways that still impacts the contemporary world.  A little about his background may explain why he still has impact.

Even though Virgil was a peasant by birth he ultimately became known as the Romans’ greatest poet.  Such was the case, probably, because of his best known work the Aeneid.  The relevance of the content of the Aeneid survives through to today because of its permanent significance.  He thought on a grand scale in all that he did.  In short, he was a giant in thought and deed.

Examples of his thought leadership…to use a currently popular concept:

  • They can because they think they can.
  • Better times perhaps await us who are now wretched.
  • Fortune favours the bold.
  • Fate will find a way.
  • Fortune sides with him who dares.
  • Time passes irrevocably.
  • None but himself can be his parallel.
  • Persevere and preserve yourselves for better circumstances.
  • Trust one who has tried.
  • Mind moves matter.

A little history repeats itself given the current relevance of just a fraction Virgil’s thinking.

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