The things that matter most in our lives are not the fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch each other, when we are there in the most attentive and caring way. This simple and profound intimacy is the love that we all long for. These moments of touching and being touched can become the foundation for a path with heart, and they take place in the most immediate and direct way.
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices.
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Beginning of Philosophy
Philosophy has no single beginning, but it would be naive to assume philosophical thinking erupted spontaneously in various spots around the world.
Exchange of Ideas
- Caravans across Asia.
- Extensive trade around the Mediterranean, up and down the Nile, and throughout the Middle East.
- Early Hebrews were nomads.
- India was a crossroads for many different cultures.
- Egypt was a source of ideas that later became the basis for Greek philosophy.
In addition, there were great civilizations south of the Mediterranean, not only in Egypt, but in Nubia (now Ethiopia) and further up the Nile. These cultures had sophisticated systems systems of astronomy, advanced mathematics, complex and thoughtful views of the nature of the soul, and an obsession with the question of life after death.
Many of the leading ideas of Greek philosophy (which arose in 6th century BC), including interests in geometry and the concept of the soul were imported imported from elsewhere. Indeed, it might be most accurate to see the great “miracle” of ancient Greece not as a remarkable beginning, but as a culmination – the climax of a long story the beginnings of which we no longer remember.
Think on These Things
- What you can control – not what you cannot control.
- The positive – not on the negative.
- What you can do – not on what you cannot do.
- What you have – not on what you do not have.
- The present – not on the past and future.
- What you need – not on what you want.
- What you can give – not on what you can take.
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
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I. C. Robledo