Pericles Understanding the Legacy Background Born in 490 and died in 429 B.C. From a wealthy family with strong connections to the government of Greece. A scholar, taught by the greatest minds of his time. Began his early career in the military where he became a general. Democracy
Understanding the Legacy
Pericles believed that it was through thinking before one acted that they truly maintained the power to control themselves.
To act without forethought made men courageous but ignorant.
Men may be courageous from their ignorance.
Pericles believed it was necessary to act and in your reflection have no hesitation, no doubt, that you actions stood for something. That your actions meant something.
It is through protecting yourself and others by thinking before you act that men truly are courageous because it takes courage to have the forethought to know better then the afterthought of regret.The Power of Thinking
“For a man’s counsel cannot have equal weigh or worth, when he alone has nothing to risk.”
Others are brave out of ignorance; and, when they stop to think, they begin to fear. But the man who can most truly be accounted for is he who best knows what is sweet in life and what is terrible, and then goes undeterred to meet what is to come".
We must be a model to others, a visionary in all that we do and we must work to inspire others and promote a legacy for ourselves through our deeds, our standards and our commitment.
“We do not imitate, but are a model to others.” ~PericlesPericlean Scholars Class of 2007