Aphorism #6



Iron mask

Iron mask

“We all have strength enough to endure the troubles of others.”


Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)     

This is a very bitter and harsh generalization about human conduct reflecting apathy, selfishness, cynicism and malicious humor. Do you agree with me?



2 thoughts on “Aphorism #6

  1. Dear Rivarol

    What exactly is meant by “others”? Children, family, relatives, neighbours, society, humanity? It seems to me that it is a little of all. As we earlier discussed, education takes a big role in what becomes of you. If you follow the “herd”, your problems will be similar to that of the “herd’s”. Selfishness cynicism and so on, are all learnt from others. I think we are all bornt equal and circumstances make us what we become.
    If you don’t follow the “herd” you will become an outsider, neglected and everybody will try to “tame” you.

  2. Hi Steve,

    I guess others just mean people around us. Sounds really said that you must be part of the herd otherwise you are on your own. People thinking outside of the box make the difference. Individuals with an independent mind contribute to the progress of society.

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