My wish for you in 2009 is that the best of the past may be the worst of the future…
“Carthago delenda est”, said Cato the Elder, a Roman senator.
“Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam” (“Moreover, I advise that Carthage must be destroyed”), said Cato.
It was a slogan really, tirelessly punctuating every single one of Cato’s interventions in the senate. Even when the subject debated was in no way related, he would always weave in his overt message: “Carthago delenda est.”
“We need more funds for the new aqueduct… and Carthage must be destroyed!”
“Let’s paint the Coliseum blue… and Carthage must be destroyed!”
“We need to fight corruption within the administration… and Carthage must be destroyed!”
Carthago delenda est has taken on a proverbial aspect signifying that something that stands in the way of our greatness must be eliminated.
In 2009, may humanity progress in eliminating religion – something that stands in the way of our greatness.