Education And Virtue Can’t Be Destroyed By Spies Or War

Sharing more of the Greek Philosopher Plutarch as I read through his writings. (Plutarch’s Bio at the end)

Plutarch humorously begins with,

“… what is a most important point, even the greatest villains have money sometimes.”

On the vanity of seeking peoples recognition and praise he writes,

“And glory is noble, but insecure.”

If beauty is our pride and power, Plutarch warns,

“And beauty is highly desirable, but shortlived.”

Generally, life catches up to our body’s strength and health.

“And health is highly valuable, but soon impaired. And strength is desirable, but illness or age soon made sad inroads into it. And generally speaking, if anyone prides himself on his bodily strength, let him know that he is deficient in judgment. For how much inferior is the strength of a man to that of animals, as elephants, bulls, and lions!”

Education, the mind, and Virtue seem to be the pillars of the first century values of life. No spy, war, no material loss sweeps away the minds education and virtue.

“But education is of all our advantages the only one immortal and divine. And two of the most powerful agencies in man’s nature are mind and reason. And mind governs reason, and reason obeys mind; and mind is irremovable by fortune, cannot be taken away by informers, cannot be destroyed by disease,(did not know if dementia? Or is he meaning something im missing?) cannot have inroads made into it by old age. For the mind alone flourishes in age; and while time takes away everything else, it adds wisdom to old age. Even war, that sweeps away everything else like a winter torrent, cannot take away education. And Stilpo, the Megarian, seems to me to have made a memorable answer when Demetrius enslaved Megara and rased it to the ground. On his asking whether Stilpo had lost anything, he replied, “Certainly not, for war can make no havoc of virtue.”

-Plutarch’s Morals

(Plutarch, a Greek philosopher, biographer and essayist, born in 46 AD in Chaeronea, Boeotia, and died at the age of 74m 120 AD in Delphi. He became a Roman citizen, and was the contemporary of such prominent historical Roman figures as Trajan, Tacitus, Hadrian, Pliny. He studied mathematics and philosophy at the Academy of Athens under Ammonius from 66 to 67.

Plutarch was initiated into the mysteries of the Greek god Apollo, and was a long time (for 30 years until his death) priest, one of two, at the temple of Apollo at Delphi which housed Oracle of Delphi.)

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