Family Learning of Marcus Aurelius and Us

“Of my grandfather Verus I have learned to be gentle and meek, and to refrain from all anger and passion. From the fame and memory of him that begot me I have learned both steadfastness and manlike behavior. Of my mother, I have learned to be religious, and bountiful; and to forbear, not only to…

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Reason, Knowledge, and Learning Truth

“When Reason speaks to you, hearken to what she says, and you shall be saved. Make good use of her utterances and you shall be as one armed. For the Lord has given you no better guide than Reason. … For Reason is a prudent minister, a loyal guide, and a wise counselor. … “Yet…

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Higher Knowledge and Learning

“Anyone having advanced some way in the attainment of higher knowledge knows that he owes everything to quiet attention and active reflection, and not to willful personal judgment. We should always bear in mind that we do not need to learn what we are already able to judge. Therefore if our sole intention is to…

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Don’t Be a Tumbling Tumbleweed

Tumbling Tumbleweeds When I was a kid, I liked the song about tumbleweeds. When I saw tumbling tumbleweeds in movies and on television, I thought they were cool. Instead of staying in one place like most plants, they got to move around, to go places, and that seemed like a good idea. Now that I…

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