June 18th 2019

Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good. ― Marcus Aurelius

  • Courage Under Fire From the article: "Stoics can be made to sound like lazy brutes when they are described merely as people indifferent to most everything but good and evil, people who make stingy use of emotions like pity and sympathy. But add this requirement of total personal responsibility for each and every one of your emotions, and you’re talking about a person with his hands full."
  • A Chinese Life, Philippe Otie
  • The Machine Stops, E.M. Forster, 1909
  • "There’s no way for readers to be online, surfing, e-mailing, posting, tweeting, reading tweets, and soon enough doing the thing that will come after Twitter, without paying a high price in available time, attention span, reading comprehension, and experience of the immediately surrounding world. The Internet and the devices it’s spawned are systematically changing our intellectual activities with breathtaking speed, and more profoundly than over the past seven centuries combined. It shouldn’t be an act of heresy to ask about the trade-offs that come with this revolution." - George Packer, The New Yorker
  • Voluntary Simplicity
  • How to Ask Questions the Smart Way
  • When Society Becomes an Addict, Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Japanese Death Poems
  • Thoreau 2.0
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • On the Shortness of Life, Seneca
  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, William Irvine
Navigating with Cynicism→← Decent Is (Over)

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