“That it is Folly to Measure Truth and Error by Our Own Capacity” by Montaigne (1580-1595)

We often think only stupid people believe in crazy shit. Normally developed minds tend to resist wild beliefs. Perhaps an uneducated mind can’t discern rational from irrational and likely from unlikely. But throwing things out as utterly impossible is silly too because there’s plenty that even the smartest of us doesn’t understand. I used to… Read more “That it is Folly to Measure Truth and Error by Our Own Capacity” by Montaigne (1580-1595)

“Of Custom; We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received” by Michel de Montaigne (1580-1595)

“Of Custom; We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received” by Michel de Montaigne There is a story that warns us about not being comfortable with customs. A woman starts holding a calf and feeding it. She did this every day until the calf was no longer a calf but an ox. Custom can be… Read more “Of Custom; We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received” by Michel de Montaigne (1580-1595)

“Gargantua and Pantagruel” Book I by François Rabelais (1534)

“Gargantua and Pantagruel” Book I by François Rabelais   “Gargantua and Pantagruel” by François Rabelais Book I Chapter 1 Gargantua is the father of Pantagruel, both giants. We should all be so lucky as to have our genealogy laid out so neatly as theirs. There are so many people with high stations who really come… Read more “Gargantua and Pantagruel” Book I by François Rabelais (1534)

“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Caesar” by Plutarch (75 AD)

“The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Caesar” by Plutarch Julius Caesar’s wife was Cornelia, Cinna’s daughter. Cinna used to run things in Rome. Then Sulla came along and was the big boss. Sulla stopped Caesar at every attempt to gain some sort of office in Rome. The reason for this is that Julius… Read more “The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Caesar” by Plutarch (75 AD)