I’ve been trying my hand at calligraphy (pun intended), and also taking the time to focus and work with the Stoic texts. It provides a nice, focused time for reflection.
The whole line is
“Thou has but a short time left to live. Live as on a mountain; for whether it be here or there, matters not provides that, wherever a man live, he live as a citizen of the World-City.”
— Meditations, Book X.15
When presented with a situation you would otherwise find distasteful, remember :
“This is just a thing, and these are just people.”
“If a philosopher (appears) in purple, why not in glided slippers too?”
— Tertullian, De pallio IV.6
As any even occasional reader of this blog is aware, my focus for the past year has been on the training of the classical Stoics, and in translating that to the modern philosopher.
I came across this today, and while I have not yet finished it, I think readers of the blog will find an interest here. This is John Sellars, and is titled: Marcus Aurelius and the Tradition of Spiritual Exercises
You will still be able to view Mountain Stoic at the old https://mountainstoic.wordpress.com, but you can also view it (the same site) at https://mountainstoic.com . This change is for a couple reasons, but the main one is while reading another philosopher’s site, I noticed an add for a politician that I would bet the author is diametrically opposed to at the bottom.
I have no idea what ads were previously being displayed on this site, a fact I find a touch disconcerting. This site is in no way a money-making venture for me, but I do not like the idea of my readers being exposed to ads I cannot control, and thereby think I might be endorsing their content.
So, I’ve paid to have them removed from the site.
Thank you for your readership, interaction, and for walking this path with me for the past two and a half years. I look forward to many more (now without annoying billboards).
— K.L. Patrick, the Mountain Stoic.
I wanted to be able to listen to Musonius’ Lectures in the car, and the recording of my own voice doing it was distracting to me. So, I worked up this computerized text-to-speech version.