We haven’t changed much

The remains of the past have long fascinated the thinking men and women of the present, for a very good reason. The period of cultural history known as the Renaissance, which began in Italy in roughly the 14th century and catalyzed fresh thoughts throughout the rest of Europe through the 17th century, largely took its inspiration from the records and visible remains of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, whose hegemony is conventionally dated from the 8th century BC until roughly 7th century AD.

The cultural and intellectual framework through which we now operate – the way we think and act – was formed in classical antiquity and refashioned during the Renaissance. We tend to prize our so-called “modern” approach to life and its problems, but scratch beneath the the shiny new packaging that enfolds our thoughts (complements of the industrial and information age) and you’ll find people whose deepest concerns, core motivations and strongest compulsions are no different than those who lived 500 or 2,000 years ago. People, no matter how far back we can peer through recorded history, are people.

We haven’t changed much.



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7 Responses to We haven’t changed much

  1. Marianne Brandon says:

    It is amazing the records available from these different ages. I enjoy that you give respect to many of them in your blog. I have learned about a lot of people and ideas worth learning about, and there is much worth unearthing and building on in our lifetimes . Thanks for the daily inspiration! (and the new ebook!)

  2. Strawberryfield says:

    For something new it would have to come from mankinds higher nature. I think there in lies the inspiration for unimaginable change and refinement.

  3. Joy says:

    To me it is quite remarkable that through the period of history you speak of Gregg, there are a few records of very specific people whose primary concern was to live an uncommon life. They did this in that they were willing to put their own personal lives aside for the sake of the greater whole… In other words they “Laid down their lives for their friends”. How much opportunity there is in every day to do just this, moment by moment, person by person. The bushman in Africa speak of an internal tapping or “nudge” that pushes them to answer a call to greater enlightenment or “oneness”… You certainly are this for me Gregg. Thanks You!

  4. Colin says:

    When you realize this, you can begin to see the patterns through history are the same ones that are going on right now as well. For a person that is looking to live an uncommon life, it is important to know the types of reactions that are likely to come from your actions. If you can prepare for them, hopefully you can mitigate some of the reactions that are likely to result.

  5. Kimberly says:

    Love your book, congratulations. The cover pic is so clever! Here’s to change that moves us onward and upward!!

  6. Isabelle says:

    Yes, this is true. Significant change must occur on the inside of people or else it’s just rearranging ideas over time.

  7. Steve Ventola says:

    Interesting consideration. Except for the togas we are pretty much the same as the people that lived way back there. I count your blog as not a refashioning of Greek and Roman times rather of a time way before that, described as the Garden of Eden.

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