Arete for All
The man or the woman in whom resides greater virtue is the higher; neither the loftiness nor the lowliness of a person lies in the body according to the sex but in the perfection of conduct and virtues.
- Christine de Pizan (1364-1440)
Arrêté Being Arete, Absolutely So!
Arete for All
Inspired by Christine de Pizan's (1364-1440) quote, "The man or the woman in whom resides greater virtue is the higher; neither the loftiness nor the lowliness of a person lies in the body according to the sex, but in the perfection of conduct and virtues." The titled responsion is bipartisan between the sexes, as it should be; a virtue for all.
The Treasure of the city of ladies is a classic manual of social, intellectual, and feminine education by French-Italian writer Christine de Pizan. Set in the late twelfth century, it tells the story of how an important Christian figure, Christine, comes to lead a wealthy and powerful life. But her wealthy husband dies and she becomes a slave to the whims of a cruel and brutal Sultan. The story focuses on how she learns to balance her sensuality with a commitment to justice, and how she uses her talents and wealth to help others.
Christine is a strong person who is capable of making the best of her situation, and her life becomes almost as interesting as her personal situation itself. Her relationship with the Sultan's daughter is complicated because the girl is more interested in power and status than in learning to love and respect women. She is also cruel and ruthless toward people who try to stand up for herself or others. Despite these challenges, Christine always manages to remain true to herself, despite her circumstances. As the story unfolds, Christine begins to understand her true calling, and realizes that she needs to live in order to love. In fact, this book was so popular that the original Italian translation was changed to "the treasure of a man." That's a pretty powerful message!
As the author explains in The Treasure of a Woman's Life, her aim was to write about the inner life of women who live in the fourteenth century, and how that relates to their relationships to the outside world. This is an exciting and beautiful book, full of beautiful imagery. It's also an excellent introduction to Christine de Pizan. Her life, love, and contributions are worth reading about, whether you're looking for a classic novel about medieval Spain, or a contemporary look at the way women think about themselves and the world. I especially enjoyed how she relates the lessons she has learned about love to her own life. If you're not familiar with her, this might be the perfect introduction.
Innate Functional Fixedness
Inspired by Mark Twain's (1835-1910) quote, "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." The titled responsion is...
Samuel Langhorne Clemons, also known as Mark Twain, is an American humorist, author, businessman, publisher, essayist, editor, and lecturer. He is widely acclaimed as the first "American humorist" father of American literature." As a result of his writing of "Huck Finn," "Tom Sawyer," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Peter Rabbit," and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," he became famous around the world. In addition to his humor, he made contributions to political thought by writing the essays "Anti-Slavery," "The Rights of Man," "The Argument," and "The Emancipation Proclamation." The book that he wrote after publishing all these works was called "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Other notable works of his were the books "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," and "Huckleberry Finn and His Friends."
For a time, he was the publisher for the magazine "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," which was popular in his time. The magazine was later sold to Harper & Brothers. He also authored other publications that are no longer in print. In addition to his books and articles, he published a play entitled "The Man Who Played with His Dog." His most notable work was "Huck Finn," which was adapted into a film starring Gene Wilder and Dustin Hoffman. This movie has received critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
Mark Twain is still well-known today. Many people read his work and have been inspired to write their own essays, short stories, or articles on a wide variety of topics. He has left an impact on our culture that continues to this day.
Stop Looking and You Will Find
Inspired by Albert Camus's (1913-1960) quote, "You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life". The titled responsion is recriprical in nature, a gentle reminder to look at the other side of the deep philosophical questions that keep humanity up in the long night of survival. Maybe we should look at preserving life instead of eating it.
Moving towards a vegetarian diet without the absolutism of condescension or virtue signaling is excellence in itself. Moderation is an absolute, within reason.
A life Worth Living: Albert Camus' Search For Meaning And Why Happiness Is Moral Obedience. One of the defining opening lines of twentieth-century literature captures one of humankind's most enduring philosophical questions, the quest at the core of Montaigne's essays and Seneca's reflections on life: "What is happiness? Why is it moral?" And in Albert Camus's novel, The Stranger, the struggle to define this elusive term is a central part of the plot. In his essay "The Myth of Sisyphus" (1912) Camus defines the concept of happiness as "a happy life, that is to say, a life in which all the necessities of life are fulfilled." In his later novels, he explores the implications of what it means to be happy and what life can be if one's life is filled with meaning and purpose.
The Meaning of Life by Albert Camus is one of the definitive works on the meaning of life. His essays on philosophy have exerted a tremendous influence on those who write, speak, and listen to philosophy. It is a book that will forever be a necessity for the student of philosophy. This book contains a wealth of information, both challenging and provocative, on such topics as the nature of reality, consciousness, ethics, history, and the meaning of life. The author has clearly taken much of his information from a wide variety of sources, including, but not limited to, the work of Sartre, Heidegger, existentialism, pragmatism, and post-structuralism. It is, of course, difficult to evaluate this book due to the fact that it has not yet been translated into English.
The Meaning of Life is an excellent introduction to contemporary philosophy. The author, Albert Camus, takes the reader on a journey that leads him across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including history, ethics, philosophy, literature, and even religion. The journey takes us to places where no other book would even dare to tread. Although the book is relatively short, it contains an enormous amount of information.
The French Word For Stop is Almost a Virtue
Inspired by Franz Kafka's (1883-1924) quote, "The meaning of life is that it stops.". The titled responsion is referring to Arete, the Greek word for virtue, almost a correlation but not quite.
By definition, arête is a sharp mountain ridge. As a virtue, Arete means excellence and living up to one's full potential. As you can see the arrêt meme stops traffic in her French tracks. These slight variations in spelling hold no compelling correlative value beyond the oddity of a mnemonic worth remembering. Stop and think for a moment, does the moral line you walk in life have a slippery slope on either side? Not all mountainous terrains end at a peak. Maybe we should keep to the plateaus of prosperity?
The meaning of life, for me (Plato), is that it does not stop when death leaves us. This is an important aspect of our understanding of life. When someone dies, there is no meaning to life. It is only when we decide to accept the death that life can truly begin. The meaning of life really is that nothing stops, it is always moving forward. There is a constant moving forward and this is why I say the meaning of life has no end.
Love is an illusion of contradictions, in fact. Love is the ultimate conflict of opposites. If I do not know who loves me or where love comes from, it is not loved. Love cannot be found anywhere on earth, it is only within. This is the real meaning of life. Love will come to you if you let it.
The meaning of life for me is that I am never alone and that the love that I experience is universal and unlimited. Love is the greatest gift in the world. Do not waste your life waiting for your love, wait until you discover and understand love.
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