It’s a funny old game; the game of life… After a two months of feverish activity I find myself:
1) in a very promising and already rather nice new family home;
2) through the worst of some work travails;
3) a full stone lighter than at the end of May and the trimmest I’ve been since schooldays;
4) two days into a relaxing and rather lovely family holiday in Holland;
5) Downloading a dead German Catholic philosopher’s ‘Four Cardinal Virtues’.
It all goes to show that philo sophos (philosophy’s enduring charms) can be driven into abeyance by the busyness of life; but they are what I come back to when I am at rest.
Josef Pieper came to my attention via Wednesday’s (1st August) chapter of the Daily Stoic. As life progresses and reasonableness seems the only lasting solution to anything, I liked this Pieper quote:
“he alone can do good who knows what things are like and what their situation is.”
The wisdom of the ages in that one.
What better than a German Catholic on a Dutch beach holiday – surely Thomas Aquinas would have approved.