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The Golden Verses of Pythagoras – The 2nd Vice: SLOTH

…accustom yourself to overcome and vanquish…SLOTH. From the Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 9 & 10 We’ll see that my reaction to this vice is forbidden, that is, sloth pisses me off, and of course, anger is to be overcome and vanquished (as we’ll learn in a couple of days)! But I confess, there are few […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras – The 1st Vice: GLUTTONY

…accustom yourself to overcome and vanquish…GLUTTONY. From the Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 9 & 10 The very idea of vices and virtues, morality, has taken quite a beating over the past 100 years or so. In times past, the simplest assertion you could make is that strong and good morals are imperative, and you want […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #9 & 10

Know that all these things are just as what I have told you; and accustom yourself to overcome and vanquish these passions:– 10. First gluttony, sloth, sensuality, and anger. Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 9 & 10 Up pops our speaker. If we accept the translation, Pythagoras here makes a transition, and speaks to us directly. […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #8 – Day 2

Power is a near neighbour to necessity. Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 8 – Day 2 From the existence of the universe to the composition of our Family, we are devoid of power. These things are there – there they are! – and we had nothing, not one thing to do with putting them there. Nor […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #8

Power is a near neighbour to necessity. Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 8 In order to grab hold of our context for this incredible verse, we need to be able to grasp onto all the items on the following list with a firm mental grip: 1.) The Universe – Pythagoras’ term was “Cosmos” and it refers […]

2013’s Last Monday Essay

Inspired by ongoing study of the Golden Verses of Pythagoras We’ll dig back into the verses themselves next week, in the New Year. There is, in what we’ve worked on so far, though, a dynamic relationship worthy of today’s, and of this year’s end’s focus. That is the profound relationship of power and necessity. Myself, […]

26 December, 2013 – Pythagorean Boxing Day Essay

Inspired by ongoing study of the Golden Verses of Pythagoras Holliday’s are so fun! We get to do things like practice our musical instruments as much as we wish when we’re not working! Myself, I practice guitar every day, classical guitar, as instructed by my long-dead master Ferdinando Carulli. More on my master another time. […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #7

Avoid as much as possible hating your friend for a slight fault. Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 7 The first thing that catches my eye in this command is that it is not binary, not an absolute prohibition. I think if Moses were saying this it would be more like, “Thou shalt not hate thy friend.” […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #6

Always give ear to his mild exhortations, and take example from his virtuous and useful actions. Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 6 Not only was friendship one of the most frequently analyzed and repeatedly discussed topics of the ancient world, we can make the case that it was the most important topic as well. One of […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #5

Of all the rest of mankind, make him your friend who distinguishes himself by his virtue. Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 5 Before we get to friends and virtue, we kind of have to turn back to the previous honor due our nearest relations, following our immediate family. Study as we might, we won’t find the […]