Six mistakes of man

I was cleaning out some old files when I came across a one-pager I had typed in 1999, transcribing the “six mistakes of man” identified by Cicero. Good stuff:

  • The delusion that personal gain is made at the expense of others
  • The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected
  • Insisting that a thing is impossible because it hasn’t been accomplished
  • Refusing to set aside trivial preferences
  • Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and studying
  • Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do

Perhaps those Romans were on to something.

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