The Stoic Traveler

"Wherever I go, it will be well with me."

17 May 2007

Begin the Morning by Saying...

L.A.S. s.d. C.L.:

Salve, Amice. Si vales, valeo et bene est.

I realize that my missives have not been so fast or furious these last few weeks. I have been neglecting philosophy, too wrapped up in the workaday world. I shall return, and soon, to continue with my regular correspondence.
Until that happy day arrives, however, I would like to deliver a quote from Marcus Aurelius' Meditations and then provide you with an elegant essay (not my own) that struck a chord along the same style.

Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil.
The path of the righteous is beset on all sides by wickedness. What then should we do when some form of wickedness passes from the earth, either into dust or into the divine order? Well, if it passes into dust then there is nothing done. If it passes into the Divine Order, then it has played some part unknown to me and played it well. I can strive only to do the same. So without further ado, I give you A Rosary for Jerry Falwell.

Cura ut valeas, amice.