Upon your response to reality depends your growth.
Drape the world in transparency. See all things for what they are, not as you would have them.
Out lying lantern, ye concocted light that steadied once uncertain nights. I have recovered to myself by brave and conscious tensity, – acuity of unmeasured penetrative strength, which, with what small allotment thereof I have explored, settles the outline of all things into a clarity, of fine enough detail to my way now make, the pitch and depths of dark in which resides any no matter. What resolution have I discovered! That I need not now, nor, in truth ever thy penurious aid. But so much the better now I see, and thou art my eyes at night nevermore, but a lonesome, looking star fixed upon the distant black, that shine though you still, attracts a moments bitter wonderment and contributes nothing further that I cannot myself signify or do without. Farewell.
Wherefore are you going, little plain in the sky?
What yonder doth thy ambition reside?
O man, that cannot things let lie,
And no brims passing before cloud delights.
Those hoping souls thy vessel confined,
What grief or love is put behind?
Towards great change perhaps some ye climb,
How braved uncertainty with must ride.
Mayst thou all the skies good-will imbibe,
And with none but peace thy journey collide.
Son, though you know it not, soon a great peace will befall your searching soul. A realisation you will not recall as one event but as having occurred in fragments over a duration, dotted yet of many pangs to come along the approach. The days of life are many more, and you will not grow old ascending always your mountains but I promise, you are surely being prepared to receive the love you cannot find, and a most heavenly glade you will someday simply happen into, finding there an everlasting contentment with all the pains that have passed and blessings most brief that braid every lifetime. A place to which there are no directions, where the summits shadow does not access and we are all here waiting. You must have faith you are coming home all along.
Direct your greater share of persistence unto endeavours nobler than confined to ones own advantage and personal satisfactions. For long life is not a prospect to the human condition that Creation has extended, despite the slow and regardless manner in which humankind dispenses, and here is yet much to remedy. There are worthy and wanting ideals that will outlive you if inside your compass of breaths, you would apply a convened and gracious potency to such efforts as may contribute to the welfare of the entirety, – for what is a nation that lunging ahead leaves behind a few citizens in sufferance, if fortune will upon the strewn advance allow success its charity to bestow?
This is the challenge befitting us all, that excellence calls responsibility.
Wake and rest your look, long and unthinking at the moments before you remember all the things that rush to confuse and deter you. That creeps forth like a rain over the ocean and obscures your pristine skies.
Yield not your strength to strife unarrived.
Nor by any light may find thee out, fold up your sacred absence.
Embrace the silence before sun; the calm that companions the dawn.
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Stoicism, and the pursuit of virtue.
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adventures in Stoicism through biography, metaphor, and comment
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My life's purpose is not to be a stoic. It is to have a wonderful, content and happy life. I am a stoic because it is by far the best way I have discovered to achieve that. It is a great, wonderful, sublime tool. We must always remember that Stoicism is not a target life. It is a method to achieve a target life.
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