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The Golden Verses Of The Stoic

Seneca and Epictetus refer to the Golden Verses of Pythagoras , which happens to provide a good framework for developing a daily routine, bookended by morning and evening contemplative practices. Zeno of Citium , who founded Stoicism in 301 BC, expressed his doctrines in notoriously terse arguments and concise maxims.  However, Chrysippus, the third head of the Stoic school, wrote over 700 books fleshing these ideas out and adding complex arguments to support them. 

Black Dog

The Black Dog: If you had to risk your life, twice, in order to save one person ... a child ... from a horrible and painful death -- and there would always be injury to you, and pain... would you do it? ... 


I think that there are many people who would do this... if there was no doubt in your mind that the child would die if you did not respond. We are not talking about running into suicide. The first battle you have to get through is with a large black dog. If you win that fight, the dog will show you where a serial killer has the child, just before the killer has done any serious damage to the child. Then you have to get the child away from him. That might be easier than the dog… might be harder, but That is the deal. Are you still game?

What about the next time? How about the next? What about the fourth time? Remember that you could die, the chance is there twice You are fighting for your life, as well as another's each time ... so there will always be pain each time... what about the fifth time?... could you look at the Black Dog across the street, ready to lead you to another killer who has another victim, and walk the other way? That is the question for my next novel... The Black Dog