Musings on Quotes Commonly Attributed to Epicurus, Marcus Antonius Aurelius, Seneca, and Others.

Back in late October, I began doing some reading in Stoicism and Epicureanism. During the lockdown in Beijing last year, I realized that I had wasted a lot of time. And being interested in self-improvement, but not the fluffy, milk-and-water spiritualism that so often passes for self-help these days, I decided to review what the ancient Greeks had to say on the subject. And the idea of Arete sounded a lot like mindfulness, and self-improvement through careful self observation.

At any rate, I started re-reading my favorite Western philosophers. One of the tools the Stoics recommended for cultivating one’s inner Daimon, or “Ideal Self,” was journal-keeping, and morning and evening meditations on the day. I began starting each day reading a quote from one of the sages, meditating upon it, and writing down my own thoughts about it. I will start posting them here on Fridays next month.

Your thoughts and responses are welcome.

ALSO— ON this date in 1978, my little brother was born. And that makes this as good as a national holiday, Or it should do, anyway.

About Michael Butchin

I was born, according to the official records, in the Year of the Ram, under the Element of Fire, when Johnson ruled the land with a heavy heart; in the Cradle of Liberty, to a family of bohemians. I studied Chinese language and literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. I spent some years in Taiwan teaching kindergarten during the day, and ESOL during the evenings. I currently work as a high school ESOL teacher, and am an unlikely martial artist. I have spent much of my life amongst actors, singers, movie stars, beautiful cultists, Taoist immortals, renegade monks, and at least one martial arts tzaddik. I currently reside in Beijing's Dongcheng district
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