Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Marcus Aurelius, Dead for 2,000 Years, Can Set You Straight Today

Marcus Aurelius Glyptothek MunichMarcus Aurelius
As I write, the minions of X have just waged a campaign on Wikipedia to revise the facts of one of the best known episodes in American history so its entry will conform to their idol's dazzlingly dumb word-salad version of that event. Elsewhere, Y is closing in on hit number 3,000. And Z, who has long wanted one, just got an afternoon talk show.

No point naming names. They don't matter. If these people didn't vie for our attention -- and our rage, our envy and our amusement -- others would. Life is incessant. And busy. And it's been that way forever.

"Life is all warfare and a stranger's wanderings, and the reward is oblivion," Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) writes.

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