“In 44 BC, Cicero, the Roman Republic’s great orator, wrote a book for his son Marcus, called as De Officiis (On Duties). The book portrayed the views of various Greek philosophers – it talked about living a moral life, balancing virtue with self-interest and having an impact.
Litte did Marcus know that this book wouldn’t just change his life, but would renovate the entire Rome!
De Officiis was read and studied throughout the rise of the Roman Empire and survived the subsequent fall. It shaped the thought of Renaissance thinkers like Erasmus; centuries later it still inspired Voltaire, the famous French philosopher.
“No one will ever write anything more wise”, he said.
Ever wondered what would have happened if intellectuals never documented their studies? How would the world be if our ancestors never shared and propagated their ideas with the succeeding generations?