chickpea = cicero in latin
someone in my life used
chickpea as a nick for me
and i came across the fact,
in the roman naming system
of tria nomina, cicero was the
family name of the great roman
statesman marcus tillius cicero
cicero was a real player in the roman republic, intelligent
passionate and dedicated to the preservation of the republic..
i dont necessarily agree with everything he espoused....
however, i think his was a rational approach to interpretation of the world
as it was shortly before the demarcation of that which was/is BCE/CE
i especially embrace his attitude of the role of citizens in politics
The natural law is also the source of all properly made human laws and communities. Because human beings share reason and the natural law, humanity as a whole can be thought of as a kind of community, and because each of us is part of a group of human beings with shared human laws, each of us is also part of a political community. This being the case, we have duties to each of these communities, and the Stoics recognized an obligation to take part in politics (so far as is possible) in order to discharge those duties. The Stoic enters politics not for public approval, wealth, or power (which are meaningless) but in order to improve the communities of which they are a part. If politics is painful, as it would often prove to be for Cicero, that's not important. What matters is that the virtuous life requires it. http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/c/cicero.htm#H3