Discussion in 'The Off Topic Room' started by oval99, Jun 27, 2017.
Read this in college, gave me a lot to think about. Seems to give some insight into a Stoic mindset. Stoic as in the way of thinking, not the pejorative remark. Gave me tools to think about the issues right in front of me, not get carried away mentally with things I can't control. Curious to know how you take it.
If you want to read more stoic literature, I highly recommend Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.
It's funny you say that - I have a coffee date with coworker to read some together tomorrow morning. I tried once, couldn't get into it (translation maybe?). She's taken to it, and is going to share her favorite bits.
The obstacle is the way.
For me it put things in perspective. Minimized the draining mentality of endless progress. Or at least helps me slow down and enjoy things.
It tolls for thee.
The late Christopher Lasch published a book in the early 1990s titled The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics that I remember (it has been a long time since I read it) as being a very worthwhile read. Lasch was very willing to advocate for unpopular opinions and the book is likely to challenge both conventional "liberal" and "conservative" preconceptions. Admirers of Wendell Berry's essays might find some common ground with Lasch.
And also try Memoirs of Hadrian by Yourcenar.
Carving and Whittling by Gert Ljungberg
The fascinating life of Mochtar Riady.
The Nikkei has a 30 part series here:
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