Been away for a few days to a country where everyone gets “free” health care (including abortions) and all education, including college and graduate programs are “free,” where no one (other than the police) have guns and religion is totally a personal matter. Of course, Cuba is a communist nation, with the resulting lack of the personal freedoms we have in the United States. Sixty percent of the population is, in some way, on the government payroll and private enterprise is very limited. Despite government programs including free housing, poverty and hunger are common. This is not good.
|Just 90 Miles South of Florida|
|The Glory that was Greece|
country and more recently, by tremendous technological and economic growth here once the pressures of the Great Depression and the Second World War were history. They just did not “happen.” They were “caused.” But those motivations are not necessarily present today. Without them, can democracy survive in the United States or will we share the fate of Greece, Rome and so many failed nations throughout the world?
- #130: Do but also seem: “Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. To excel and to know how to show it is to excel twice. What is invisible might as well not exist. Reason itself is not venerated when it does not wear a reasonable face. Those easily duped outnumber the prudent. Deceit reigns, and things are judged from without, and are seldom what they seem. A fine exterior is the best recommendation of inner perfection.”
- #159: Know how to suffer fools: “The wise are the least tolerant, for learning has diminished their patience. Wide knowledge is hard to please. Epictetus* tells us that the most important rule for living lies in knowing how to bear all things: to this he reduced half of wisdom. To tolerate foolishness much patience is needed. Sometimes we suffer most from those we most depend upon, and this helps us conquer ourselves. Patience leads to an inestimable inner peace, which is bliss on earth. And the person who does not know how to put up with others should retire into himself, if indeed he can suffer even himself.”