Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

keeping cool on pleasant october days

"Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill. I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together." --Marcus Aurelius

Tonight a friend called to say another friend's mother had died. She was a good person, to whom I had not spoken in years. I work tomorrow. I travel for work late Sunday. We went to see a movie whose basic sci-fi fun got buried in a haze of gratuitous violence. I drove in a parking garage listening to public radio news, thinking about how power corrupts. The key is not to use the ring to fix things--the key is to throw it into a flame.

It's almost time to plant trees to replace our front yard natives, which did not survive.
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