Stoic Daoism

a newer translation of the book in question

During a routine check of the martial arts section at Smith Family Bookstore, all of the usual titles were there – and an oddly almost empty shelf. In the middle of the shelf was a single, old, hardbound book – completely out of place.

The book as an object sucked me right in…with beautifully set type, old book smell, the way it fits in your hands. But the content made me buy it. Turns out it was a copy of Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius.

If I’m not, in fact, the last person to know about this work…check it out. Meditations reads like a Roman version of the Daodejing.

2 comments

  1. Very well written….I was drawn into it and shared some of the energy you experienced in selecting and enjoy the sensory elements of the book search. Thanks for sharing. Brian

  2. Thanks Brian – I would have included the ‘old book smell’, but alas (or thankfully), technology isn’t there yet.

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