read hypocrisy in reproductive health. 'my dear lord, what are all those young girls doing here?' 'same as you', i replied. 'dirty little dames'
read meditations by marcus aurelius, translated by gregory hays
marcus composed his own meditations in greek
the catastrophe of a.d. 9, when the roman general varus and three legions had marched into the forests of germany, never to return
pontifex maximus, the head of the roman state religion
marcus does not offer us a means of achieving happiness, but only a means of resisting pain
not to waste time on nonsense. not to be taken in by conjurors and hoodoo artists with their talk about incantations and exorcism and all the rest of it. not to be obsessed with quail-fighting or other crazes like that. to hear unwelcome truths. to practice philosophy and tu study with baccheius, and then with tandasis and marcianus. to write dialogues as a student. to choose the greek lifestyle - the camp-bed and the cloak
duration: momentary. nature: changeable. perception: dim. condition of body: decaying. soul: spinning around. fortune: unpredictable. lasting fame: uncertain. sum up: the body and its parts are a river, the soul a dream and mist, life is warfare and a journey far from home, lasting reputation is oblivion
survey the records of other eras. and see how many others gave their all and soon died and decomposed into the elements that formed them
yesterday a blob of semen; tomorrow embalming fluid, ash
the thread was spun long ago
no matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be good. like gold or emerald or purple repeating to itself, "no matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my color undiminished"
and you can also commit injustice by doing nothing
stop whatever you're doing for a moment and ask yourself: am i afraid of death because i won't be able to do this anymore?
if you're still angry, then get to work on that