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Crowns play tricks on the heads they lie upon

‘Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them’

Tyrion Lannister (GOT)

Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored

Power can do some strange things as Marcus Aurelius had to remind himself to do the right thing, one can only imagine what power lay at his hands and the temptation it would have come with it.

Modern day we have world leaders despite growing evidence that we do not have a massive killer disease at hand still locking down their citizens

Whether they think they’re doing the right thing or their is something bigger at play I dont know.

(Probably the latter)

What they do is out of our control, we can’t control decisions they make,

But control how we act and react to them.

We can do the right thing

We can protest peacefully, whilst police use their force.

We can read actual science and not the news papers, to educate ourselves and others on what’s actually happening.

Or if you feel it’s the right thing you can stay inside.

Whatever you do, do what you think is the right thing

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Nice Things

You can’t have nice things, can you…

Is what many people say when something gets damaged, It was also what my Uncle said to me yesterday when he noticed a mark on my car…

It reminded me of a quote from Seneca

“Remember that all we have is “on loan” from Fortune, which can reclaim it without our permission—indeed, without even advance notice. Thus, we should love all our dear ones, but always with the thought that we have no promise that we may keep them forever—nay, no promise even that we may keep them for long.”

It’s not that we can’t have nice things,

We can

But they aren’t ours, and they aren’t guaranteed to stay nice forever either.

Many things happen in life, Nice things can get stolen, broken, lost, die…

One day we will have to return them or we will have to be returned.

Enjoy the things whilst you have them but expect them to return, damaged etc.

Then if and when it happens you will be ready and the pain will be less.

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Now is no time to think of what you do not have

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have.
Think of what you can do with that there is”

-Hemingway

When Musonius Rufus was exiled from Rome, he would use that time to help the others who were also exiled. He found them an underwater spring and stated how man usually turn out better when exiled than they do whilst at home.

He came out with something along the lines of ‘When your at-home how often you see the world, how often do you see all your friends’

(Not an exact quote) but it means that you will never have everything at any one time so make do with what you have.

When we focus on what we don’t have, we lose sight of all we do. We lose sight of all the possibilities that are at hand.

We become blinded to desire.

There is so much at your fingertips.

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Living Amongst Wicked People

We’re Just Wicked People, Living Amongst Wicked People

Seneca

We all do wicked things, We don’t always mean to and neither do they.

We should be kind to others and firm on ourselves,

We can’t control what others do, but we can control our actions…

Or at least learn from them,

Why did we do that?
Why did we behave that way?
What caused me to do that?
What can I do better in the future?

The aim of each day is to be a better version of ourselves by the end of it, Not go backwards.

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The evil that men do lives after them

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones

Shakespeare

In Ryan Holidays lives of the stoics book, he mentions one stoic that we know very little about,

History does mention any of the good he did or said,

It just remembers him for the one act of slander he did and that’s how he will be remembered.

Marcus Aurelius once said –

You could leave life right, so remember that with all you say and do

Meaning any act could be your last.

That day your having an off one, and you snap at someone or make a bad call in the heat of the moment…

That one time could wipe out all the good you have ever done.

We’ve seen it countless times in the modern day too,

One tweet could cost somebody their career, their legacy.

If it’s not right dont do it, if it’s not true dont say it (Marcus Aurelius I think)