ON WE GO! - March 13, 2019
Submitted on March 13, 2019
Walking across campus earlier today, I was struck by how quiet it appears. Then I quickly remembered that it is Spring Break, and our students are scattered across multiple states, and even countries. If only for a brief time, the calm is a nice stimulus to think deep thoughts, or as described in other circles, ‘to ponder.’ Here is a sample.
Marcus Aurelius, of recent fame because of the movie Gladiator, is widely regarded as one of the finer Roman emperors. He was born in A.D. 121, and ruled as emperor from A.D. 161 – 180. Heavily influenced by the philosophy of Stoicism, he was both a ruler and a philosopher of considerable stature. His surviving work is a series of Meditations that were his personal reflections on spiritual well-being and ethical living. Below are a few of his words on the fleeting nature of human life and the constancy of change: (This translation of 5.23 is by Gregory Hays, in the 2002 Modern Library Edition.)
Keep in mind how fast things pass by and are gone – those that are
now, and those to come. Existence flows past us like a river: the
“what” is in constant flux, the “why” has a thousand variations.
Nothing is stable, not even what’s right here. The infinity of past
and future gapes before us – a chasm whose depths we cannot see.
On We Go!