Time Changes Nothing That is Beautiful

Wisdom is still wisdom. Time changes nothing that is truly Beautiful.

A few gems from the Greek Philosopher Plutarch (First century Greek Philosopher and Priest of Apollo and Guardian of the Oracle of Delphi) from this mornings early hours. Think for a minute, consider how many generations such practical wisdom has been around. Plutarch is sharing wisdom that is at least  two thousand year old. It still seems applicable today because it understands the human condition. Progressive socialists believe they will usher in the best human age ever, because of the leaps forward in human intellectual progress, we know how to build the best society ever. Technology has leaped forward, but human wisdom and virtue certainly has not progressed to such ancient goodness.

1. How we speak is important to our lives.

“….. we must show that we are as willing to listen as to teach, and especially must we lay aside all disputatiousness and love of strife in controversy, and cease bandying fierce words with one another as if we were contending with one another at boxing, and leave off rejoicing more in smiting and knocking down one another than in learning and teaching. For in such cases moderation and mildness, and to commence arguing without quarrelsomeness and to finish without getting into a rage, and neither to be insolent if you come off best in the argument, nor dejected if you come off worst, is a sufficient sign of progress in virtue.”

Plutarch. Plutarch’s Morals. First Century Greek Philosopher

2. Therefore, avoid trivial conversations. Seek useful things

“….. so those who go in for philosophy, when they have passed from flattering and artificial discourses to such as deal with character and emotion, are beginning to make genuine and modest progress in virtue.

Furthermore, take care, in reading the writings of philosophers or hearing their speeches, that you do not attend to words more than things, nor get attracted more by what is difficult and curious than by what is serviceable and solid and useful.”

– Plutarch. Plutarch’s Morals. First Century Greek Philosopher

3. Seek to learn, but not for our own glorification.

“….you get rid of envies and jealousies and those things which fret and depress the minds of many who are novices in philosophy, this also is a great indication of your progress in virtue. Another and no slight indication is a change in the style of your discourses. For generally speaking all novices in philosophy adopt most such as tend to their own glorification.”

– Plutarch. Plutarch’s Morals. First Century Greek Philosopher

4. It takes time to change our life. Be patient as you grow old.

“Antiphanes said playfully that in a certain city words were frozen directly they were spoken, owing to the great cold, and were thawed again in the summer, so that one could then hear what had been said in the winter. So he said of the words which were spoken by Plato to young men, that most of them only understood them late in life when they were become old men. And this is the condition people are in in respect to all philosophy, until the judgement gets into a sound and healthy state, and begins to adapt itself to those things which can produce character and greatness of mind, …..”

– Plutarch. Plutarch’s Morals. First Century Greek Philosopher

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