Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More Articulate Ways to Say What I Said Yesterday

I'm updating only because I said I would. I'm a bad blogger. But it's okay, because I'm leaving you with some quotes that I found to be much richer than anything I could come up with on a work day that only left my 15 minutes of free time just a few hours before a weekly trivia adventure (whereupon I shall dominate). I have some creative writing to post soon (after I kill the fool who invented Windows Vista), and for now, call to Marcus Aurelius:

The soul harms itself, first and foremost, when it becomes (as far as it can) a separate growth, a sort of tumor on the universe: because to resent anything that happens is to separate oneself in revolt from Nature, which holds in collective embrace the particular natures of all other things.

In (wo)man's life, time is a mere instant, existence a flux, perception fogged, with whole bodily composition rotting, one's mind a whirlgig, fortune unpredictable, fame unclear. To put it shortly: all things of the body stream away like a river; all things of the mind are dreams and delusion; life is warfare, a visit in a strange land; the only lasting fame is oblivion.

What then can escort us on our way? One thing, and one thing only: Philosophy.

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