As a nationality, Americans are a generally peaceful people, even if we are too often forced to go to war. We are an optimistic people, even during these gloomy times. We are also an overly complacent, presumptuous, and trusting people, even when confronted by dire threats to our well-being and to our very survival as a nation.

And we’re not the first nation to suffer from over-complacency, presumption, or blind trust.

According to both Virgil and Homer, the ancient Trojans naively believed the gift of a big wooden horse was a sign that the Greeks had finally admitted defeat and Read the rest

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