The Ancients Were A Whole Lot Smarter Than We Give Credit

John Hawkins, in a post over at Townhall, has an interesting post titled, “20 Quotes From Ancient Greek Philosophers That Liberals Still Don’t Understand“.

The post contains some very interesting quotes, such as this one from Plutarch,

The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.

Sounds positively prophetic.

Or this one from Epictitus,

When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.

Those who get offended so easily, might want to check into that.

I love this one from Plato,

Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns.

Wow, maybe all the social justice warriors out there should take note.

Here’s another one from Plato that needs to be taken to heart,

Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.

Telling, truly telling.

Although, this one from Socrates seems to hit the attitude of our current culture between the eyes with the proverbial 2-by-4,

A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.

Seems like I’ve written several posts dealing with that very issue. Anyway, head on over and check out some for yourselves.

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