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November 29th, 2003

The Philosopher:Epictetus

Francesca brought some stuff about a philospher Epictetus last weekend. Just read it on T-Day nite. Some things that I want to remember from what this bloke preached:

For Epictetus, a happy life and a virtuous life are synonymous. Happiness and personal fulfillment are the natural consequences of doing the right thing.

His prescription for a good life centered on three main themes:

1) Master your desires
2) preforming your duties
3) Learning to thing clearly about yourself and your relations within the larger community

Whereas our society (practically, if not always explicitly) regards prefessional achievement, wealth, power, and fame as desirable and admirable, Epictetus views these as individual and irrelevant to true happiness.

his practical observation was that a virtuous life leads to inner coherence and outward harmony. There is great relief in being morally consistent: The soul relaxes, and we can thus efficiently move forward in our endeavors, as Epictetus would say, “without hindrance”.

My Comment
I used to read philosophy, especially when I returned from a long trip. Trying to find answers…now – I don’t have the patience I used to have to sort through it all. Francesca’s cheat sheet was good in that it broke down what this guy was saying. One thing I hope to take away and re-instill – is to just live with virtue.

For me that means, don’t lie. Chris and I talked about just being completely honest with people since we started BootsnAll. I think we have and I hope I have in my personal life as well. No lies, no worries.

November 13th, 2003

Story about me and Korean Hamburgers

from Soogi Kim/Clayton

But I have to tell you, it was pretty awesome hearing your Dad’s voice on the phone when I asked for you. It was like old times when I called your home in L-Wood. My mom asked about you and told me a funny story…

She said that one day you stopped by during dinner when I wasn’t home and you ate Korean Hamburgers with my Mom and Dad. She said that you ate so fast and so much, that she kept giving you more and more hamburgers until you finally said, “Mrs. Kim is it ok if I stop eating.” Pretty ridiculous.

So the quote of the day is “Korean hamburger is good, but too many Korean Hamburgers make your stomach hurt.”

November 6th, 2003

Kindness of Strangers

The Dalai Lama writes, “If we really think about it, our very survival, even today, depends upon the acts of kindness of so many people. Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents ; later in life, when facing the sufferings of disease and old age, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon others’ kindness, then why in the middle should we not act kindly toward others?”
(saw this on Rolf’s site)

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