Cliché: Nothing Will Happen To Me

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This cliché is particularly common among lovers of extreme sports and other risky activities; these individuals generally fall prey of their reckless self-confidence and, of course, end up badly bruised.

Even the most powerful empires fall sooner or later, generally due to the lack of prudence of its own aristocracies that one day begin spiralling down into progressive decadence. At a persona level, decisions taken in broad terms as well as in the case of very specific events like deciding whether or not to do some rapelling over a cliff or attempting to cross a glacier without safety ropes for the sake of speed may end up being fatal. A pilot that initiates a takeoff procedure without checking in advance his systems and instruments will be risking not only his own life but also those of his passengers. So thinking that "Nothing will happen to me" as the only safety device in the armoury of prudence would be rather dumb.

As we said, even the mightiest empires sometimes end history in sinister ways., like in the case of the Abbasid dynasty of caliphs founded by Abul Abbas; they governed immense territories and became exceedingly rich, reaching their zenith with the fifth caliph, Harun-al-Rashid. After him, the aristocracy of the caliphate entered a downslide into decadence, until they were terminated by the hordes of Genghis Khan; however, in the meantime the government became increasingly influenced by the military - Turks - assuming that they would be able to fetch the same riches as the prior leaders - much like in the case of the Praetorians of ancient Rome - just by the inertia of their raw greed, thinking that handling the Caliphate was as a straightforward business as lining up in military formation.

Of course, they assumed that nothing would happen to them, like to 800.000 people living in Baghdad, who did not survive the quite animated visit of the Mongols.



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