During the golden age of freedom and education in Athens, many teachers traveled around Greece educating the young. One of the most famous of these teachers was a man named Socrates.
Many of the teachers of his day taught that a man should consider the consequences of his actions before making a decision. Socrates taught that the consequences did not matter. What was most important was that you always did what was right. He believed that if something was right, it did not matter what would happen to you, you should do it.
Socrates also taught his students to think for themselves. He created a teaching method known today as the Socratic Method, which helped students think clearly, and question their currently accepted way of thinking.
Socrates was eventually accused of corrupting the young. After being convicted by a jury he was sentenced to death.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Sir Winston Churchill
On October 1874 Joseph Glidden received a patent for barbed wire. There were many lawsuits over the patent, and Glidden won every one of them. Eventually more than two thousand variations of barbed wire were developed.