Sometimes, peace is the absence of war.
October 15, 2010
I have always found memoirs with highly detailed first memories to be suspect. My first memories are impressions of places, things and faces. Nothing definite.
Dementia is a journey which the onlookers can only guess at.
October 14, 2010
Frangere dum metuis, franges crystallina, peccant
Securae nimium solicitaeque manus.
So long as you are afraid of breaking crystal cups, break them you will. Hands too careless and too anxious alike do amiss.
Martial, Epigrams, Vol 3, Trans – D.R. Shackleton Bailey.
From my review here - http://www.socialaffairsunit.org.uk/blog/archives/000506.phpof John Gray's (not that one) "Long Live Latin"
This is a short story from a few years back on chaos and a state devoted entirely to health - http://www.nthposition.com/checkinginchecking.php
This is a story I wrote recentlyhttp://www.nthposition.com/perpetualmotion.phpabout.. well a lot of things. Mainly about primum non nocere, growing up resigned to your lot, and automated creativity.
"The most powerful politician in your life should be someone you could call round to see right now if you so desired."
Libertarianism has had two great challenges in the last ten years: the chaos surrounding the fall of Saddam Hussein, and the enormous financial disaster of the last few years. The first casts doubt on claims that it is authority that creates the need for authority; the second on the wisdom of the market.
Of course, it could be argued that it was the brutalising regime of Saddam that made the removal of authority so chaotic and bloody, and that the world financial system was in a bubble perpetuated by government decisions (in Ireland, for instance, tax relief on certain properties) that distorted the market. Nevertheless, for libertarian ideas to be more widely accepted, these two challenges need to be faced.
One of the most interesting ideas in Marcus Aurelius' meditations, for me, is that while he would prefer in many ways to be a "philosopher" in the traditional sense, to have time and space to reflect and study free from the cares of office, in actual fact his imperial position is the ideal one for the philosopher. For the cares and worries of office, the endless encounters with flatterers and moochers of all sorts, the generally unenlightened atmosphere at court - all are in fact apt trials for the philosopher.
September 27, 2010
Writing about web page http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a915048035
My paper on Marcus Aurelius as reflective practitioner.
I hope the anachronism of the idea will be forgiven.