Wheat stubble

“We cry to God Almighty, how can we escape this agony? Fool, don’t you have hands? Or could it be God forgot to give you a pair? Sit and pray your nose doesn’t run! Or, rather just wipe your nose and stop seeking a scapegoat.” EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.16.13 My great great grandparents on my grandmothers... Continue Reading →

Plato’s helicopter view

“How beautifully Plato put it. Whenever you want to talk about people, it’s best to take a bird’s-eye view and see everything all at once—of gatherings, armies, farms, weddings and divorces, births and deaths, noisy courtrooms or silent spaces, every foreign people, holidays, memorials, markets—all blended together and arranged in a pairing of opposites.” MARCUS... Continue Reading →

A Question of Evil

Is the invasion of Ukraine an evil act, and is President Putin an evil man? These two questions are being discussed and written about all over the world at present, and quite right too. Politicians, celebrities, the media, sportspeople, bloggers and religious leaders are all weighing in with their opinions, mostly in the affirmative about... Continue Reading →

Who have you most learned from?

Marcus Aurelius, in his Book 1 Meditations, reflected on all of the people he learned from and what he actually learned from them. Father, mother, grandfather, great grandfather, brother ….. all are here with many values and insights listed; Here’s my chosen selection from his list: From Diognetus: to endure freedom of speech.From Apollonius: freedom of will... Continue Reading →

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