Memento Mori – Memento Homo

Victory fills our souls while defeat brings us low. Both can make us lose a broader perspective.

Staying strong under loss can be difficult. But the best of us will move past defeat and keep trying. As the Romans grew into an empire, they were often foolhardy and ran straight into defeat. The kind of disaster which would humiliate other nations into surrender did not phase them, but fueled their need to try again.

Staying humble when victorious is even more difficult. For narcissists it is a downright impossible break of character. But the wiser of the Roman leadership knew they needed to maintain perspective. They would have a slave standing behind them, whispering ‘you are only human’ during pomp filled triumphs. 

A kill joy for some. But a good reminder for those in position to elevate themselves to gods!