By Denis Korn
I was going over some old articles I used when teaching Critical Thinking at our local college. This brief excerpt caught my eye especially given the political and corporate climate of the present.
I always admired the perceptive and truthful discernment skills that Cicero possessed – if only he were among us today – but alas he would be demonized by today’s media. Unfortunately what Cicero describes has been with us for a great while. Let us hope and pray that enough citizens will wake up before it’s too late!
If you wonder what this post has to do with preparing for emergencies and outdoor adventure – Ask yourself: Who do you trust? Why? – How are you going to make responsible preparedness and adventuring decisions when you don’t have the truth? Where are you going to get it?
“…By the way, what we’re talking about here – the tendency for government to be lying and predatory – didn’t start with Karl Marx. It has ever been with the human race. More than 2,000 years ago, the great orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero foretold the decline and fall of the Roman Empire with these words, which exquisitely described the ravages wrought by lying politicians:
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.
When all is said and done, we elect liars as leaders because we need lies…”
David Kupelian – Excerpt from: Why we elect liars as leaders