Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thought for the day

"You must either hate or imitate [the way of the world]. But both courses are to be avoided." (Seneca, from Epistulae Morales 7).

I like the paradox contained in this: you have only two choices, neither of which you can whole- heartedly opt for if you want to retain your integrity. So what do you do? You can only try to chart a tortuous (and tortured) course between the two, using both as a guide while surrendering to neither, only to end up being condemned in any case -- whether by yourself, or by others -- as a hopeless waverer! It only makes one feel slightly better to realize that the Romans had the same concerns...

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