Guidance from ancient history

To the editor:

Looking at today’s events in the news, not only in the U.S. but also around the world, regarding inequality, I’m reminded that nearly two thousand years ago a Roman Historian, Titus Livius, wrote: 

“True moderation in the defense of political liberties is indeed a difficult thing; pretending to want fair shares for all, every man raises himself by depressing his neighbor; our anxiety to avoid oppression leads us to practice it ourselves; the justice we repel, we visit in turn upon others as if there were no choice except either to do it or to suffer it.” 

Could this still be the basis of our troubles? The more things change the more they stay the same. 

James Foreman
Fort Kent 

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