The code: Do not pursue pleasure. Do not avoid pain. Welcome what comes.
When his son died, Emerson looked hard at grief. He later recalled it as a shallow emotion, depthless and unreal. No stoic lives far from the fact that we are born to die.
Obstacles are not for fighting against. They are for observing, examining, inquiring into.
Marcus Aurelius: “What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Where is it, this “pearl of great price”?
Where it’s always been—inside the clam.
Likewise, the chalice, suspended from a bough of the great oak in the walled-off garden of the grown-over castle.
“Look inside yourself.”
What do you need to stop doing?