The great Athenian statesman and lawgiver, Solon (archon 594 B.C.), wrote to the people of Athens — after a man named Pisistratus became tyrant. His political advice is evergreen and always relevant:
Later, when you are suffering, don’t complain to the gods about your fate.
You raised these men, giving them pledges: because of that, you have slavery.
Each of you walks like a fox: but as a group you’re mindless.
You look to the tongue and to the word of a fawning man: but as to what’s happening, you don’t pay attention.
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