A BRIGHT LIGHT IN THE COSMOS—NEW TO ME
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A Field Guide to a Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons for Living by Massimo Pigliucci
You don’t go around being careless about nails getting into your shoes, and you walk in such a way as not to sprain your ankle. So why are you so careless about your ruling faculty [your mind or thoughts]? Why do you let it be offended and polluted by all sorts of garbage, instead of guarding it against assaults from without, and taking care from within to sharpen it as much as possible?
Massimo Piggliucci, A Field Guide to a Happy Life, Lesson 38
I’ve read several versions of Epictetus’ classic Handbook, and this is the first time I’ve been able to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Coincidentally, I was actually writing my own interpretation of this text to use in my personal meditations when I came across this new edition…
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