A Christmas Message from Ancient Greece

Dec. 20, 2012
The words of Pericles are still pertinent for us 2,500 years after they were spoken.

While I’m sure many of you have read Pericles’ funeral oration to Athens at the end of the first year of the Peloponnesian War, I thought it might be a fitting way to wrap-up 2012.

With great change and tumult occurring in our nation and world, these famous words might help calm us as we ready the holidays with friends and family:

We throw open our city to the world, and never by alien acts exclude foreigners from any opportunity of learning or observing, although the eyes of the enemy may occasionally profit by our liberality; trusting less in system and policy than in the native spirit of our citizens… We live exactly as we please, and yet are just as ready to encounter every legitimate danger…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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