Nero fiddled while Rome burned

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Nero fiddled while Rome burned. This is a flawed legend. The idea that Emperor Nero neglected his duty during the great fire in AD 64 to play the violin (which wasn’t invented until the 16th century) does not hold up to scrutiny.

None the less there is a valuable lesson to be learned here on the importance of not being distracted by unimportant matters in times of crisis. So no matter what flaws or hairline cracks can be found in certain theories or institutions, we as Scottish Catholics cannot and must not be be distracted from what our hearts and minds tell us to be important and true.

For example, while the people of Haiti are suffering from the after effects of one of the worst ever earthquakes, let’s not fiddle while the earth burns.

Herman Rosa Chavez, the Minister of the Environment from El Salvador, is speaking at 6pm tonight at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh as part of the On Holy Ground environmental series. Mr Chavez can offer valuable insight into why we cannot rest on our laurels over climate change after the failed UN conference in Copenhagen.

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