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Analysis of the Meditations of Emperor or Rome Marcus Aurelius

Meditations of Emperor of Rome
Marcus Aurelius
As I mentioned in my last review, I was reading this philosophy book, Meditations of Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius, and this is the second oldest books that I’ve read, being the Bible number one, because Marcus wrote this meditations during a period of his life from around 120 to 180 AD, so yeah, it’s pretty old.

But despite being more than 1800 years old, this book shows that mankind is still the same. As that it doesn’t matter how many years pass we will always be same. We will have the same thoughts, the same opinions, the same troubles and the same character, since we are humans.

Just as cats remain being cats after thousands of years, so are we. So what I reaffirmed when I read this book (because I’ve realized that a long time ago) is that life and humans are the same sh!t but during a different era. One just have to substitute one old problem for new another. People before got anxious because they couldn’t get a goat, nowadays we get anxious because we cannot get the latest iPhone.

Back to the book, it's name is in point, because that’s what you get, Marco Aurelius’ Meditations, the book is a compilation of short statements Marco Aurelius wrote, during the before mentioned period of life. And every statement is an opinion about life, death, religion, politics, family, nature, the universe, law. Literally there’s an statement for everything. And the best part, is that ALL THIS STATEMENTS CAN STILL BE RELATED TO TODAY. Which I found very amusing an interesting, mostly because I’ve meditated that before, so I agreed with A LOT of those statements, like, I literally almost highlighted the whole book, because I was like: “lol, same” or “I know, right!” every time I found a quote that matches my philosophy.

Could it be that I am a reincarnation of Marcus Aurelius? 

So, every night that I lay myself to read, I felt like I was talking and changing opinions with the Emperor of Rome, because, the book are just his thoughts and opinions. And they feel so sincere and honest since the beginning, that you don’t feel the pressure one feels when readying other philosophy books (because most of philosophers just want that the whole world adhere to their philosophy). The book is literally, “This is what I think and what I feel, you don’t have to agree, but this is what I have in my mind and heart”. So I found it extremely pleasant to read.

But despite the fact of being pleasant, the book was heavy, it had too much content, it has statements that although being just a few paragraphs long had they were so dense with what he wanted to express, that it made the reading tiring. So that’s why I started reading Heidi on the other hand.

To conclude because I otherwise I could start going one by one of the 12 books/section this book contains, I wanna say, that despite I don’t know Marcus Aurelius, what he did in life, how old was he when he wrote it, or how he governed Rome, I loved the book, I enjoyed it from beginning to end, as I agreed with most of the content, so maybe I should be the next Emperor of Rome.

Quote from Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 

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Review of Heidi

Mostly known because of the old cartoon tv show and a few movie adaptations, Heidi is a book written by Johanna Spyri.

Published on 1959, Heidi, brings us the tale of the so called young girl who is sent to live in the Swiss’ Alps with her ill humored grand father.

There’s not to much to say about Heidi, because it is a children story, and as most books for kids it’s simple, not too long, entertaining and it is perfect for a light reading.

In my case, I started reading Heidi to take me away of the other book I am reading: Meditations by Marco Aurelius, emperor of Rome. Because that one is a heavy philosophical book, and since I don’t like to condense myself with other people’s philosophies, I mix them with other children books to try to keep a balance between hard deep readings with simple and entertaining ones.

Back to Heidi, like I said before, the most I can say about it it’s a resume, the book is simple and it tales the tale of Heidi, a free spirited girl, who after having lived with her grandparent for some time in the Swiss’ Alps, she is taken to Frankfurt to serve as a friend to a sick girl called Clara. So it shows the contrast of living in the mountains vs the city.

But then, as free as Heidi was, living in the city wasn’t suiting pretty well, because she was not a city girl. So she eventually gets sick and has to be back to her dear Alps.

As expected from a child book, Heidi is full of morals and good values, and it even becomes a very religious book, which I loved, because it teach children the basics of god, hope and faith. It also teaches the values of patience, and to accept things as they come because everything will make sense in the right time. (And here I must quote Olaf from Frozen 2: “Everything will make sense when I grow old” but, although Olaf then say that it doesn’t, it kinda does or at least for me it does, it just all depends on how we look at things, but I’m getting off topic...)

The only thing I dislike about the book, it’s that it turns too miraculous in the end which reminded me a lot of The Secret Garden, but then again, it is a children book, and we have to give the children happy endings, and miraculous things in their readings to open their mind so they can believe that everything is possible. Because as I have stated several times here in my blog it is.

So, despite I downloaded Heidi for free in my iPad using iBooks (you can download it too in this link), I might be getting a hard copy of it to give it to my niece and nephew so they can read it as well. Because I think that every kid reader should read this book as it’s so nice, fun and entertaining.

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Review of Denis Diderot & Jules Assézat’s Story: Entretiene d’un père avec ses enfants.

As I was feeling that I needed to read something in French to practice it a little bit to not forget it, I started searching in iBooks for Free French books, I initially was looking for oeuvres de Éliphas Lévi, but after I got a few from him, this title from Denis Diderot & Jules Assézat pop up suggested for me. So I got it too.

After it downloaded, I accidentally taped it and it opened, (I usually just get a couple books and then chose which one I will read next), but when it opened I saw that this was not a novel nor a long story, it was short, it had only around 40 pages on the iPad, so I just thought let’s read it.

So I started to read, effectively, my French was getting rotted because it took me a while to get to a good pace of reading, despite me being an slow reader, it took me way longer than usual to finish the first page. Although I’m not really sure if it was because of my forgotten French or the fact that this story is almost 250 years old, as it was published in 1771, so it is written in a kinda weird old French style.

Since  the title, that can be translated in English as “Conversation of a Father with his Children”, most of this book is a dialogue, which I loved, since I find reading dialogues easier than long paragraphs. And another thing that I totally enjoyed was that the title totally deceived me.

Because, first of all I had never read anything from Diderot, although I may have read his name once or twice in some philosophy articles, but I never really had look him up. So, judging by the title I was expecting a story of a father talking to his little children, probably telling the kids stories or something of the sort. You know... Something fantastic.

But the story is totally the contrary, the set up it’s with the father being sick, in bed, talking to his adults children, remembering life and something that he did in his early life that could have ruined the family name.

Again, totally opposed of what I thought, this story ended up being a Philosophic Tale, which brought  a peculiar situation into the readers mind, and then it was discussed among the characters of the story, and every one of them giving their own opinion. So, if you are like me that like to immerse in the books, you would find yourself asking the same question that were asked in the book. What would you have done in the father stead? Because, the conversation that the father has with his children, it’s about a decision he had to made regarding his job.

To wrap it out, because I wanna be careful not to spoil the book, I can say that I totally loved this story, because it was the first time I read something like that, since usually all the books of philosophy I’ve read are more of the thoughts and opinions of said philosophers, like, they usually just express their opinions and push their beliefs into others, instead of bringing the questions that originated those opinions to the readers to let them create their own opinions. So this philosophical tale was very appealing to me, and I will totally be looking up for more ouvres de Diderot, because I loved his style and way to express his thoughts.

So if you can read French or if you can find the translated version of this story I totally suggest you to read it, because it’s short, it’s entertaining, and most importantly, it will make you think and reconsider your beliefs and values. I got it for free in my iPad on iBooks, since it’s public domain, here’s the link to download it. But I’m sure it must be available in English somewhere else.

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Visual Art: Future Unknown.

Future Unknown by Sir Helder Amos
We cannot predict we will have a future nostalgia, because the future is unknown

It’s been a while, almost a year, since my last piece, but here it is, finally a née master piece! and I am loving it badly.

Sometimes I press and stress myself too much for creating, because I wanna be writing and making pics all the time because that is what gives me purpose and fuel me, yet I always forget that sometimes, time is the best teacher and muse.

I am sure that if I had rushed myself to create something, it wouldn’t be as special as this turned out to be. And what a time it took! I literally worked on this for almost two weeks or maybe a little more. But then, again, time was perfect, because element by element were showing in line in my head and filling each space little by little, until they were all aligned and this is the result.

I hope you like it, and also know that every element in this pic has a meaning, do you think you can figure it out?  Feel free to give me your interpretation of this pic via email or in the comments of this post; because I’d love to see what this image sparks in your mind!

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