Sunday, February 15, 2015

All Roads


All roads lead to Rome. An idiomatic expression that has less relevance for today's Classics-agnostic culture, but when the center of the western world was Rome, every road did actually lead there from the provinces.

The modern world does not have an equivalent since the world has many poles and not just one. And those poles are often bifurcated between the political and economic centers (think New York vs. Washington in the US, Milan vs. Rome in Italy, Beijing vs. Shanghai in China, etc.), unlike the Rome of imperial times.

To each of us, though, all roads leads to where we are meant to go. That could be right around the corner or all the way across the globe. The key is to take the first step and take to the open road that stretches in front of us. And who knows - in today's multifaceted, multi-pole world, we still might end up together in Rome?
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