Wednesday, January 20, 2021


       As Arius would write, like Panaetius before him, we each have our own implanted gifts (aphormai), resources that can lead us to virtue.  Our personalities suit us differently to different paths of ethical development.  We all have different launching points, but these inborn tools together with hard effort will get us to where we want to go.

       We must focus on the task at hand, and waste not a moment on the tasks that are not ours.  We must have courage.  We must be fair.  We must check our emotions.  We must, above all, be wise.

-Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, Lives Of The Stoics:  The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius

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