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Will you be really missed?


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.

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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.”

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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.

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