Yes, There Are Lessons to Be Learned From the Past

In the New York Times today (2 April 2018) there is a remarkable piece on the Roman philosopher Seneca called “How to Serve a Deranged Tyrant”.  The writer, Ryan Holiday writes about this from a very personal perspective:  He was offered a job as a communications director for a member of Donald Trump’s cabinet.  He is also a scholar of Stoics (as in Roman Stoics) who followed the path of Seneca, the Stoic philosopher, in first deciding he could benefit the most people by trying to moderate the efforts of a tyrant by working for him and finally deciding he was of more benefit doing good for a few just people.  Seneca tried with the Emperor Nero. Ultimately, Seneca died for his efforts.  Holiday hasn’t yet for toying with possibly helping out Trump. In any event, the article proves the value of knowing some history, and I urge you to read it.

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