In 1415 Poggio Bracciolini writes this ( in Latin) :
” We are terrified of future catastrophes and are thrown into a continuous state of misery and anxiety, and for fear of becoming miserable we never cease to be so. “
Plus ca change , plus c’est la meme chose….n’est pas?
He is the guy responsible for rescuing the Roman poet Lucretious’ “The Nature of Things”. The book I’m reading is called The Swerve. An amazing piece of non-fiction writing by Stephen Greeblatt
It is dense, but well worth the time and trouble.