How much better is it to be known for doing well by many than for living extravagantly? How much more worthy than spending on sticks and stones is it to spend on people?”
(Musonius Rufus, Lectures, 19.91.26-28)
Oh, how the lifestyles of the rich and famous fascinate us, no? Golden toilets, travel astrologers and yoga professionals, multi-million dollar homes… impressive, yeah? All of this opulence is put into play to develop the very thing these folx want: reputation.
But what kind of impressive reputation does a life of unmitigated spending and instant gratification build? A hollow one. Anyone with resources will use/spend them.
What if these people turned their wealth into actions? What if those actions positively affected suffering human beings? What if we cared about what IS good instead of what APPEARS good?
… that’d be truly impressive, no? Most impressive.
(See y’all tomorrow)