A fearless forecast for the world from 425 BC
BEWARE ‘PERIPATETIC MERCHANTS’
It’s easier to fool a crowd
than a single person.
The game is the same — 25 centuries ago, human dynamics were eerily similar to the way we act now, same influences, the same hazards of health and welfare. All our existing belief systems derive from this period.
Known as “The Father of History”, Herodotus of Halicarnassus (484-425 BC) bequeathed to us a detailed verbal photograph of when Greece and Persia were the major powers in the known world, and Egypt, after existing for many thousands of years, was going into eclipse. The philosophies developed during this era provide the bases of our thought processes today.
Without most people noticing, the mirror of history fuels the engine of the present.
It did exactly that for an innocent Polish traveler, who once only wanted to cross the border of his starving socialist republic; but who, during a temporary thaw in the Cold War of the early 1950s, became a literal 20th century Herodotus, traveling throughout Asia and Africa as a beleaguered foreign correspondent. Thrust into the confusion of faraway places without knowing their languages, he turned to his ace in the hole, a Polish translation of Herodotus’s Histories in his search for sense in the world.