Cicero, the Roman orator and statesman, set forth what he considered the six most drastic mistakes made by men over the course of their lives. They are:
▪ The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.
▪ The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
▪ Insisting that a task is impossible because we cannot do it ourselves.
▪ Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
▪ Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.
▪ Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.
These mistakes didn’t cease to exist with the fall of Rome. We’re still making them. With God’s help, though, we can use the insights of our heritage to move a little further along the road to a balanced, fair-minded view of reality.
Wisdom abides in the mind of a man of understanding. (Proverbs 14:33)
Jesus, may we act on the wisdom that You gave us.