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Lockdown and Chill

People are lonely and have problems coping with the quarantine because we as a species are not meant to be alone.

Religion and science both say that we humans came from one place – The Garden of Eden or The Big Bang depending on your belief systems. Either way, we stayed together.

Now we’re asked to social distance, separate and quarantine ourselves.

I, myself, find refuge in quiet times. As Marcus Aurelius says,

“People seek retreats for themselves in the country, by the sea, or in the mountains. You are very much in the habit of yearning for those same things. But this is entirely the trait of a base person, when you can, at any moment, find such a retreat in yourself. For nowhere can you find a more peaceful and less busy retreat than in your own soul – especially if on close inspection it is filled with ease, which I say is nothing more than being well-ordered. Treat yourself often to this retreat and be renewed.” – MARCUS AURELIUS, Meditations, 4.3.1

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Soon you will have forgotten all things: soon all things will have forgotten you

I’ve read Meditations many times over, however I’m reflecting on these verses today, especially for my birthday:

“Soon you will have forgotten all things: soon all things will have forgotten you.”  – Book 7, Verse 20

“Look back over the past – all those many changes of dynasties.   And you can foresee the future too: it will be completely alike, incapable of deviating from the rhythm of the present.   So for the study of human life forty years are as good as ten thousand: what more will you see?”  – Book 7, Verse 49


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