Monday, April 20, 2009

Another Birthday...Marcus Aurelius

I've often felt that I was a stoic at heart. But perhaps I've just a bit too much of the pessimist to really meet the qualifications. Still, he has always been a favorite and today is his birthday...

"Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live."- Marcus Aurelius

I've known very few men (and fewer women) who could live up to that. But I am glad that I have...they are very instructive in their manner, and pleasant in demeanor. You, too, know them if you care to look. Sometimes it's painful - their way is direct and unflinching. But if you can look past it, forgive the barb that strikes too close, there is much to learn from them.

After all, he was prescient, no?

"Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too."

Indeed, you can...

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