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      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "louise" <hecubatoher@y...> wrote:
      >
      > Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Philosophers
      > Vol. XIV. April 1904. No 4. By Elbert Hubbard
      >
      > ......... The people must be educated to quietly and calmly
      decide
      > their own disputes, and this can only be done by placing an
      obvious
      > penalty on litigation. Progress in the future will consist in
      > having less law, and fulfilment will be reached when we have no
      law
      > at all - each man governing himself, and being willing that his
      > neighbour shall do the same. Trouble arises from each man
      regarding
      > himself as his brother's keeper, and ceasing to be his friend.
      > Marcus Aurelius, the wise judge, saw that most litigation is
      foolish
      > and absurd - both parties are at fault, and both right. And to
      > bring about the good time when men shall live in peace, he began
      > earnestly to govern himself. His ideal was a state where men
      would
      > need no governing. Hence his "Meditations", a book which Dean
      > Farrar says is not inferior to the New Testament in its lofty aim
      > and purity of conception.
      > Every great book is an evolution: Marcus had been getting ready to
      > write this immortal volume for nearly half a century. And now in
      > his fifty-seventh year he found himself in the desert of Asia at
      the
      > head of the army, endeavouring to put down an insurrection of
      various
      > barbaric tribes. Later, the seat of war was shifted to the
      North.
      > The enemy struck and retreated, and danced around him as the Boers
      > fought the English in South Africa.
      > But Marcus Aurelius had time to think, and so with no books near
      and
      > all memoranda far away, he began to write out his best thoughts.
      At
      > first he expressed just for his own satisfaction, but later, as
      the
      > work progressed, we see that its value grew upon him, and it was
      his
      > intention to put it in systematic form for posterity. And while
      > working at this task, the exposures of field and camp, and the
      > business of war, in which he had no heart, worked upon him so
      > adversely that he sickened and died, aged fifty-nine.
      > His body was carried back to Rome and placed by the side of that
      of
      > his beloved adopted father, Antoninus Pius. And so he sleeps, but
      > the precious legacy of the "Meditations", written during those
      last
      > two years of travel, turmoil and strife, is ours.
      > A few quotations seem in order:
      >
      > Remember, on every occasion which leads thee to vexation, to apply
      > this principle: not that this is a misfortune, but that to bear it
      > nobly is good fortune.
      >
      > Things do not touch the soul, for they are eternal, and remain
      > immovable; but our perturbations come only from the opinion which
      is
      > within. * * * The Universe is transformation; life is opinion.
      >
      > To the jaundiced, honey tastes bitter; and to those bitten by mad
      > dogs, water causes fear; and to little children, the ball is a
      fine
      > thing. Why then am I angry? Dost thou think that a false opinion
      > has less power than the bile in the jaundiced, or the poison in
      him
      > who is bitten by a mad dog?
      >
      >
      > Words transferred here by louise, pioneering editor, within the
      > given play ...
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