Lessons from a mighty beard

I’ve been delving into the Stoics this year and can’t help but feel the influence on my views on Christianity. I’m very sympathetic to the idea of being an agnostic about the afterlife. I don’t think that it should have to mean rejecting faith in this life.

But it does put a new spin on the point of it all. Faith is not about a golden ticket into the afterlife.

I think acknowledging uncertainty about what lies beyond here leads you to need your spirituality to help you be a better person – not for the next life, but for this one. A spirituality that helps you cope with what this life is going to throw at you – the things that don’t extinguish you completely, but leave you unharmed enough to still wonder what it was that hit you and why you are so far from the path you started out on.

Whether you live 40 years or 100 years, can you really say your life was short or long? Compared to the unrelenting roll of eternity, either way it is a mere blink. What does it matter if you achieve fame and recognition in this short time? Whether or not you are one of those forgotten in your own lifetime, we’re all forgotten by three generations out. Even Marcus Aurelius is just a name on a Wikipedia entry now.

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  1. I am a very open minded person, someone who accepts people as they are,
    I am a fair individual who adapts to changes in life and enjoys life to the fullest,and looking to meet a woman that i can spend the rest of my life with in good times and in badtimes as well

  2. The most important aspect of my personality as far as determining my success goes; has been my questioning conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning authority. While that can be painful in your relationships with your parents and teachers, it’s enormously useful in life

  3. The Lord with flaming fire will take vengeance on those that do not obey the Gospel. He comes with flames of fire. He will utter His Word. He speaks, and fire goes forth before Him. He will rain fire and brimstone on the wicked. He will judge the earth. His enemies are burned. His tongue will be as a devouring fire. His fury will be poured out like fire. The foundations of the mountains will be on fire. The mountains will quake, and the hills melt; and the rocks will be thrown down. All the earth will be devoured with the fire of His jealousy. People are consumed, but they do not take it to heart. The earth is being cleansed. Who can endure the fierceness of His anger?

  4. Their strong cities will be broken down. The trees will be withered. The fields will be wasted. The harvest will have perished. The seed will have rotted. The vines will be dried up. The animals will groan for water and pasture. Fires will burn up much of the wilderness.

  5. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit

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