All Compositions of Matter fly off apace to the common stock and Receptacle: Spirits are quickly swallow’d up in the Soul of the Universe, and so is Memory and Fame in the Gulph of Time.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180),
The above comes from this 1726 translation of Meditations…
The “Soul of the Universe” and the “Gulph of Time” are maybe more evocative than the more recent version from Gregory Hays:
All substance is soon absorbed into nature, all that animates it soon restored to the
logos, all trace of them both soon covered over by time.
Robert Greene on the importance of being grounded and knowing your selves:
If you’re constantly listening to what other people are saying, if you’re plugged into the matrix continually, and that’s your only reality, then … you’re never understanding who you are. What you see when you look in the mirror is a reflection of all the opinions that other people have … You become a reflection of other people.
A five-minute film for the weekend…
“A reflection of other people”
Maria Popova reads (apparently without pause) and shares what she reads. Art, philosophy, science and poetry. All literature is there and a visit is never a waste.
“Reading, sharing and inspiring…”
The gentleman enters into associations but not cliques; the small man enters into cliques but not associations.
Confucius (551-479 BC),
The Analects, Book II, para 14
Ryan Holiday, author of
The Obstacle is the Way and founder of The Daily Stoic, talks about his personal introduction to Stoicism.
Drawing on his favourite verses from Meditations, he shows the commonsense, its real-world application of Stoicism. It’s not for “turtle-necked professors”, it’s for the man in the street.
If you’re curious, this is a great place to start…
Nicholas Bate is always worth a visit. His posts are pithy, grounding and insightful.
Here’s a selection from his recent Basics 7 series:
Cook: chop, slice, kneed
Clear: garage, study, garden
Sit outside: fresh coffee, a view, un-focused thoughts. Continue reading
“Leave your shelter with Nicholas Bate”
People often say they want to give up their day-job and follow their passion. They’re going to be a writer, photographer, whatever.
I just don’t have the time or energy to concentrate, the logic goes.
“Build a new career while still paying the bills”
Wise words on The Type of Meeting – and all that flows from this knowledge – from Execupundit’s Michael Wade.
The type of meeting will determine which briefcase I bring, the tie and shoes I wear, the writing pad, and the pen.
And those are just the “superficials”…
“Do the prep, stack the deck – @execupundit”
I love this
sign from Cultural Offering…
Nothing will make you feel better except doing the work.
Available in glorious colour, here.
Rex Pickar on Unsplash
Something to practice your wry smile on.
In 1972, Orson Welles presented this documentary based on Alvin Toffler’s book of the same name: Future Shock.
The tone is suitably apocalyptic: Orson Welles at his doom-laden best.
“The premature arrival of the future”