The Non-Aggression Principle


Non-aggression Principle an ethical stance which asserts that aggression is inherently illegitimate. “Aggression” is defined as the “initiation” of physical force against persons or property, the threat of such, or fraud upon persons or their property. In contrast to pacifism, the non-aggression principle does not preclude violent self-defense.


Simple but not Easy; Just Be Good


“Whatever any one does or says, I must be good, just as if the gold, or the emerald, or the purple were always saying this, Whatever any one does or says, I must be emerald and keep my color.”–Marcus Aurelius Meditations Book 7

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To Not Pray at All



“A Prayer of the Athenians: ‘Rain, rain, O dear Zeus, down on the ploughed fields of the Athenians and on the plains.’- In truth we ought not to pray at all, or we ought to pray in this simple and noble fashion.” Marcus Aurelius

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My Set Point: Changing my Path


I changed my path.  It took me over 10 years.  There are many reasons I did this, many reasons it took so long as well.  I have a list of reasons that I started about 10 years ago.  The list grew and solidified over time.

Today, though, I wanted to share two of the reasons taken from my list:  More time to just “be” and “more time with my family.” Continue reading

What you are grasping for will not make you free.



From Epictetus Discourses Book IV, Chapter 4:

“Come forward and tell us! when was your sleep more tranquil, now or before you became Caesar’s friend?

At once the answer comes, ‘Cease, by the gods I beg you, to mock at my fortune; you do not know what a miserable state is mine; no sleep comes near to me, but in comes some one to say, “Now he’s awake, now he’ll be coming out”; then troubles and cares assail me.’

Tell me, when did you dine more agreeably, now or before?

Hear again what he says about this: if he is not invited, he is distressed, and if he is invited he dines as a slave with his lord, anxious all the while for fear he should say or do something foolish.

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