Brain Building Exercising Yourself Smarter Author:Marilyn Vos Savant Brain Builder #140: Improve Your Perspective — EXERCISE: If you were a direct descendant of Julius Caesar, how many other descendants come between you and him? Quickly now, don't stop to think about it; don't figure it out with pencil and paper; just venture a guess. How many great-great-grandmothers would there be between now and those f... more »ar-off days of antiquity?
Did you say hundreds? Most people do. But stop and consider your perception of history and its perspective. Our western culture commonly accepts three generations per century, or 33 1/3 years per generation... "Antiquity" which seems lost in the mist of millennia, actually wasn't so long ago-only 61 33-year-olds stand between you and it. In the true perspective of human existence, Julius Caesar lived, loved, fought, and died only yesterday.« less