A Little Philosophy with Your Coffee ? Part I

… or, of course, with the beverage of your choice 🙂  And, YES ! The KH has been known to philosophize from time to time, although she usually refers to it as “making a positive affirmation.”

You may wish to put on your boots if you plan to slog through this.  Or, you may prefer to wait until our next post !  Your choice.  But, I think you may find at least some of this … well … interesting ! 🙂  And, it surely may add to your knowledge bank, and who doesn’t need a little bit of new knowledge ? Free, even ! So, with all that in mind, Dear Reader, please read on:

We first wish to familiarize you a bit with two authors/philosophers:  Frigyes Karinthy and Marcus Aurelius.

FRIGYES KARINTHY’S SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION

Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, “a friend of a friend” statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a play written by John Guare. WikiPedia

Frigyes Karinthy (25 June 1887 – 29 August 1938) was a Hungarian authorplaywrightpoet,journalist, and translator. He was the first proponent of the six degrees of separation concept, in his 1929 short story, Chains (Láncszemek). Karinthy remains one of the most popular Hungarian writers. He was the father of poet Gábor Karinthy and writer Ferenc Karinthy.

(Above materials from WikiPedia)

MARCUS AURELIUS

Marcus Aurelius (LatinMarcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus;[1][notes 1] 26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD), was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus’ death in 169. He was the last of the “Five Good Emperors“, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. During his reign, the Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire; Aurelius’ general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. Aurelius fought the MarcomanniQuadi, and Sarmatians with success during theMarcomannic Wars, but the threat of the Germanic tribes began to represent a troubling reality for the Empire. A revolt in the East led by Avidius Cassius failed to gain momentum and was suppressed immediately.

Marcus Aurelius’ Stoic tome Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.

(Above materials from WikiPedia)

In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius writes:

Remember that even if you were to live for three thousand years, or thirty thousand, you could not lose any other life than the one you have, and there will be no other life after it.  So the longest and the shortest lives are the same.

For this present moment is shared by all living creatures, but the time that is past is gone forever.  No one can lose the past or the future.  No one can live the past or the future, for if they don’t belong to you, how can they be taken from you?

Keep in mind these two things:  First, that since the beginning of time the cycles of creation have shown the same recurring patterns, so it makes no difference if you live for one hundred years, two hundred years, or forever.  Second, that the person who lives the longest life and the one who lives the shortest lose exactly the same thing.

For the present moment is the only thing you can take from anyone, since this is all they really own.  No one can lose what they do not own.

(Above materials from Meditations, Marcus Aurelius, Translator Unknown)

PHEW !!  BREAK TIME !!

Feel free, Dear Reader, to go refill your coffee (it’s on us, so be generous with yourself ! You’ll find fresh coffee, creamers, sweeteners of your choice over there —————————————————————————–>>>>

OK !! FEEL BETTER ?? PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEAT AGAIN

Good.  I see you’re all still with me 🙂  Now, unfortunately our class time for today is drawing to a close.  So, I’ll tell you about your homework, then you are free to leave for the day.  Oh, I see there’s a question there. Yes ?

WHAT DO I MEAN BY HOMEWORK ??

Look, this is my blog.  If you choose to not do the homework, that’s up to you. But I choose, in your own best interest of course, to assign it !  So, as I was saying, here’s your homework:

Before we meet again, please familiarize yourselves with the above two philosophers (I know that you didn’t all pay attention as we were going over today’s material) and then try to make a correlation between the two and figure out why the heck I introduced them to you !!  🙂

See ?? Isn’t that simple ??

So, until next time, Dear Reader, this is the KH signing off and reminding you to Play Nice !!

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4 Responses to A Little Philosophy with Your Coffee ? Part I

  1. BrainRants says:

    What an awesome quote. I will have to pick up a copy of Meditations.

    • cwc6161 says:

      It is awesome, isn’t it? Since I first read that one, I’ve searched other quotes from Marcus Aureius and I find that he had quite a lot of awesome things to say. Sometimes, I wish I paid a lot more attention to these things a long time ago 🙂 Thanks for the visit !

  2. Kat Ward says:

    Marcus talks about the cycles of creation showing recurring patterns; could that be similar to the six degrees of separation? As you can immediately tell, I am no philosopher or am I analytical. But I like this post and this discussion!

    • cwc6161 says:

      Hi, Kat ! You definitely are on the right track ! I hope to tie it all up in Part II — Friday — depending upon how late I wake up 🙂 I’m 1 day post-chemo, and it always has me on a steroid high, afterwards, one of the side effects that’s both wonderful (for productivity), but horrible, because you never know how long before you are going to crash !! The whole post idea came as a result of a discussion with an oncologist who I met just after chemo. He happened in on a discussion I was having with 2 of the nurses re: support groups (which I don’t like, they’re such downers in my opinion…..). He asked if I knew Marcus Aurelius, who I had to admit I knew of only due to having heard of him from my history classes X number of years ago. Then, he went back to his office and fetched his book of “Meditations” and made each of us a copy of the one that I reprinted in my post. Neat, huh ?!? I’m so very glad that the topic didn’t scare off the whole world ! lol….. See you again soon with Part II and please do chime in 🙂

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