Defining The Hero

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell Hercules, Perseus, Theseus – these were the myths for which I searched the libraries as a 10-year-old.  Magnificent heroes, blessed with superhuman strength and unfaltering courage, forged their destinies through journeys fraught with danger and treachery.  As…

A Friend or My Shadow

I am always willing to point out my faults, my shortcomings and my failures. But when someone else points out my faults, my shortcomings and my failures – well, that is a different matter altogether. Friendship is about candid and open debate.  That’s what makes it exciting and moving forward…. “I don’t need a friend…

The things one wants to know…

“I wish life was not so short, he thought. Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.” J. R. R. Tolkien Knowledge is increasing exponentially – everyone agrees.  Whether wisdom is growing at the same rate, is another matter altogether. We have so much to learn in…

Freedom

Epictetus: Born a slave – passionate about philosophy – died a free man.  He lived life simply, yet his words were sought after by eminent figures including the Emperor Hadrian, who was best known for building a wall in which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. I was born free… May I seek out…

Alexander’s Curriculum Vitae

Today marks the birthday of Alexander III of Macedon (AKA Alexander the Great) At 30, Alexander’s Curriculum Vitae would read: Marital Status:  Three Wives (Roxane, Statiera and Parysatis) Education:  Studied under Aristotle, who studied under Plato Address:  Numerous domiciles ranging between the Mediterranean to Himalaya Current Occupation: King, Conqueror, Empire Builder Prior positions: Commander –…