Thursday, April 16, 2015

Carthage must (not) be destroyed

Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam
The coolest thing I've read in the last few days is that Cato the Elder ended every speech, regardless of the topic, with "Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed."  While I love the rhetorical flourish that makes this natural .sig material, I'm a bit of a pacifist and think that war, especially the total war Cato advocated, represents the worst of our species.  So I can't use the quote verbatim, but what's the smallest possible change I can make to this phrase to make it consistent with my values?  Carthage must be saved?  Must be won over with love, respect, or at least mutual benefit?  I need a Latin punster.

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