Friday, December 15, 2006

Most of what we say and do is unnecessary.

A comment from Phil Flemming, found at Laudator Temporis Acti:
... let me give you a short passage from that wandering indigent Marcus Aurelius. I paraphrase and edit Meditations IV. 24:

Do but a few things if you wish to be happy. The better course is always to attend only to necessities and what reason demands, and let the rest go. Most of what we say and do is unnecessary, and if we can persuade ourselves to jettison these superfluous things, we will claim the rewards of true leisure and peace of mind. Always remember to ask yourself: are these words and deeds necessary? And our thoughts also should be examined in this fashion, for most of them are superfluous too.

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At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Ethan said...

So is this your new comment policy? :-)

At 5:54 AM, Blogger melinama said...

Well, I'm sure the entirety of Pratie Place would come under this prohibition, so, no - it is a superfluity-friendly area...


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