Tagged: Marcus Aurelius

Limbo’s Greatest Hits: # 8

My personal favorites among my essays are typically those which address universal and timeless themes of human existence — philosophical questions, to put it simply. On the other hand, it often happens that the items most popular with readers, at least upon initial appearance, are those which deal with matters of a more immediate and topical nature. People naturally get riled up over...

Ancient Common Sense on Education

Every page of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offers something profound, something personally challenging, something lovely, or something disputable in the most ennobling sense of the word, namely the sense of engaging the reader in thoughtful discussion with a deeply probing and relentlessly frank mind.  Interestingly, the work — actually a collection of short observations written for himself, rather than for a public...

The Kavanaugh Hearings: What Marcus Aurelius Said

I live in Korea, so I was sleeping when Thursday’s senate hearing began. When I awoke, around 2:30am Korean Time, I decided to put on headphones and listen to some of the hearing to put myself back to sleep. (Political posturing usually has that effect on me.) Instead, I heard several minutes of bland clumsiness from the GOP’s female prosecutorial mouthpiece questioning Christine...

A Few Thoughts from Marcus Aurelius

From the “truer words were never spoken” file, a few wise aphorisms from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: Yes, keep on degrading yourself, soul. But soon your chance at dignity will be gone. Everyone gets one life. Yours is almost used up, and instead of treating yourself with respect, you have entrusted your own happiness to the souls of others. (II.6) The best...