The continued need for writing S K Ditta

The time will come when the writing will express itself. If the desire lives, it will exert its power upon you.  Finally, it will escape, even your own reluctance and form into words upon the pages that wait!

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Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, (Penguin Classics)

 

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A leading translation of Stoic philosophy in wise and practical aphorisms that have inspired Bill Clinton, Ryan Holiday, Anna Kendrick and many more. Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods and the values of leadership. But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation, in developing his beliefs Marcus also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a series of wise and practical aphorisms that have been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and ordinary readers for almost two thousand years. To provide a full understanding of Aurelius’s seminal work, this edition includes explanatory notes, a general index, an index of quotations, an index of names, and an introduction by Diskin Clay putting the work in its biographical, historical, and literary context, a chronology of Marcus Aurelius’s life and career. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Myths give us power

The Power of myth

When we think of a myth, we tend to think of old stories. Those stories may be real, or at least what we have come to think of as real. Or those stories may be so far removed from how we understand life, we may really have little or no reason to believe in the truthfulness of those. The important thing to realize though is, human beings are story-makers and story-tellers. Everything we believe upon is actually a story. Whether it is a myth, as we familiarly know it to be or not, is a different matter. We need these stories, we search for them, and if we do not find what we are after we would even create them. These might themselves become myths to those who listen to these after some time, filling in the gaps of what and how things might have been at some time in…

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