Separating the wheat from the chaff to live a life born of motivation and drawn by purpose…

Soren KierkegaardI very much agree with this observation by Kierkegaard: “The most ludicrous of all ludicrous things, it seems to me, is to be busy in the world, to be a man who is brisk at his meals and brisk at his work.” Why do I agree with this?

One needs to stop ‘briskness’ and take time to ‘smell the roses’… 

Lucretius, ca. 99-ca. 55 BC

Lucretius, ca. 99-ca. 55 BC

Because resistless fate cares naught for mortal plans, nor efficiency of human movement, nor mortal gain, and so finally for us all, “…when the body is wrecked with the mighty strength of time, and the frame has succumbed with blunted strength, the intellect limps, the tongue babbles, the intelligence totters, all is wanting and fails at the same time.” ─ Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, with English translation by W. H. D. Rouse, revised by Martin Ferguson Smith, Copyright © 1975, 1992 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, Loeb Classical Library (LCL 181), Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts; London England, Page 223.

 

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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