How would you like to be remembered?
About a 100 years ago, a man looked at the
morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in
the obituary column. The newspapers had reported the death of the
wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or
there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to
find out what people had said about him.
The lost world of the Phoenicians
Whether or not they reached America, the
Phoenicians write a chapter in history that is fabulous enough. They
were a people by no means as mysterious as they have been generally
regarded, a people who rightly rank beside the Greeks and the Romans
as the “builders of the Western world.”
Epictetus: from slave to sage
Philosophy is a sphere where strange things
happen. For instance, philosophers are usually born and not produced
by universities. Philosophy departments of universities are rarely
headed by philosophers. Bertrand Russell and Ayn Rand are two
well-known exceptions to the general rule. On the other hand, even a
slave could become a philosopher. Epictetus is a shining example.