Quote: “a person is of the same sort as that which he possesses. A strong-box is worth just what it holds; or rather, it is a mere accessory of that which it holds. Who ever sets any price upon a full purse except the price established by the count of the money deposited therein? This also applies to the owners of great estates: they are only accessories and incidentals to their possessions. Why, then, is the wise man great? Because he has a great soul.” Seneca
Reflections: It’s not our possessions that make us, but the content of our character. Riches can be stored and/or wasted. We have heard stories of people who kept hard currencies till they decayed. Indeed I am not sure there is anything to admire about a rich man who has no wisdom for a great conversation, (other than the money that is, in which case it’s the money and not the man being admired). After the show of opulence to the public, when you recline to discuss, his/her words would be very difficult to bear, as they would have no substance. You will miss the company of your poor/average but wise friends. No wonder so many people craved the company of Socrates though he was very poor.
Quote: “A tree grows silently, but falls with a great sound” (African proverb)
Similarly Notorious B. I. G rapped: “Never let them know your next move – Don’t you know Bad boys move in silence and violence?”
Reflections: Many bright persons with great potential miss getting to the top because they lack the patience to hold on with the noisy celebrations (some are oblivious of this as they are doing “great”, not knowing they would have been greater). Some people live for the accolades, rather then reflecting deeply after each conquest, they make too much noise. Sometimes the noise begins even before completing the conquest. This is occurring in epidemic proportions.
Verdure – Wikipedia
Quote: “Since then some men are slaves by nature, and others are freemen, it is clear that where slavery is advantageous to any one, then it is just to make him a slave.”
Politics: A Treatise on Government
Reflections: The quote above is one of the several reasons I do not admire Aristotle, and I want to believe it was why other philosophers of his time were of the opinion the he “perverted the teachings of Socrates.” Even though one can say that as a great philosopher that he was, he may not have meant slavery in the sense of physical slavery, that there is a deeper meaning, with one man being made a “slave in one sense but a master over others in another sense.” That defense in itself could actually be more problematic, and the Machiavellian nature of this line of thought cannot be denied. It is also telling that in the discussion leading to this statement, Aristotle was describing certain kind of men who had no brains but had the right physical attribute for slavery. I wonder how many politicians and oppressors he influenced then, and still influencing today, helping them make light of the burdens that their consciences would have placed on them otherwise.
Dr Ande Elisha
The Amateur Philosopher