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Our sweet sadness

It’s the one thing we have in common—we’re all passing away. “Tomorrow you will go away, or I shall, and never shall we see one another again.”

Keith Ashford

POEM: Epictetus & the Gentleman

Epictetus asked a man if he was free.

“I own land, can vote, and am deemed gentry.”

“But are you free?” the stoic repeated.

“Are you daft?” the man’s words came out heated. 10 more words



Aristotle’s “great soul,” high-minded,” “magnanimous” person expects, deserves

Great things—Which are . . . ?

The world’s greatest benefit is the attribution of honor

People find wealth, fame, and power attractive… 153 more words


On accusations

To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education; to accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun; to accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete. 441 more words


James B. Stockdale - The Stoic Warrior's Triad - Good & Evil in Every Human Heart

Bill Winter and Donavon Riley continue their discussion of The Stoic Warrior’s Triad, by James B. Stockdale. This week, good and evil, fear and guilt, and the example of Pigeye. 17 more words

The Black-Cat Analogy

A distinction between figurative and literal analogies is sometimes made by teachers of rhetoric, but we are better served to think of analogy as an intersection of the figurative and literal from which a healing insight might emerge.   1,738 more words

Robert L. Ivie