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August 06, 2010

A prayer for the stoic

Anderson Cooper interviews Christopher Hitchens. Tough to watch.

Video at the link.

Here, the thoughts of a Roman and a man (but I repeat myself).

"Epicurus says, In my sickness my conversation was not about my bodily sufferings, nor, says he, did I talk on such subjects to those who visited me; but I continued to discourse on the nature of things as before, keeping to this main point, how the mind, while participating in such movements as go on in the poor flesh, shall be free from perturbations and maintain its proper good. Nor did I, he says, give the physicians an opportunity of putting on solemn looks, as if they were doing something great, but my life went on well and happily. Do, then, the same that he did both in sickness, if thou art sick, and in any other circumstances; for never to desert philosophy in any events that may befall us, nor to hold trifling talk either with an ignorant man or with one unacquainted with nature, is a principle of all schools of philosophy; but to be intent only on that which thou art now doing and on the instrument by which thou doest it."

- Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations - Book Nine

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 6, 2010 07:46 AM


He might be a constant irritant, with a tendency to put his largest unresolved personal issue (the religion thing) front and centre, but Hitchens' death will be an incalculable loss to the fight against our civilization's enemies. At least it might make a bit more room for his brother Peter to gain an audience.

Posted by: rick mcginnis [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2010 10:21 AM