Sunday, December 30, 2012

On Traffic

Marcus Aurelius 2.1

Say to yourself first thing in the morning: Today I shall meet people who are meddling, ungrateful, aggressive, treacherous, malicious, unsocial. All this has afflicted them through their ignorance of true good and evil. But I have seen the nature of good is what is right and evil is what is wrong;

So:  Today as I venture forth into traffic I shall meet people who are aggressive beyond reason, in a rush to get wherever, speeding toward their death, and the road slugs, and oversize who require assistance. I will encounter those ignorant of traffic law, and those who claim the right of way, displaying there hubris. They now not what they do, and they are ignorant of traffic laws, speed limits, and how much they risk the lives of others. All this has afflicted them through their ignorance of true good and evil.

I will encounter the highwaymen and the revenuers taking pictures. Forgive them, for they are just trying to make a living.

Focus, as though it were the last day of your life, and if we fail to do, it may be.

Marcus Aurelius...I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together...

Something happened with comments; Lori said: Given the Stoics' reverence for reason and living in accordance with nature, they'd be all over paleo and/or low carb if they were around today. 

1 comment :

  1. But back in the day Epitetius did not have any issues with just barley meal and water. It was survival.


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