to those who are feeling beaten today……

this post is meant to cheer you up 😀

In the Lives by Plutarch, he writes in the life Demosthenes that

to a man’s being happy, it is in the first place requisite he should be born in some ‘famous city’.

He continues to say

but for him who must attain to true happiness, it is of no other disadvantage to be of a mean, obscure country, than to be born of a small or plain looking woman.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

11 thoughts on “to those who are feeling beaten today……

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Clearly Plutarch is far more cosmopolitan than I, who prefers the quiet solitude of a nature-filled countryside.

    That’s why Baskin-Robbins makes 31 flavors.


    • makagutu says:

      On the contrary, I think you two would be of the same disposition. He continues to ask

      For it were laughable to suppose that Iulis, which is a little part of the small island of Ceos, and Aegina, which a certain Athenian was urgent to have removed as an eye-sore of the Piraeus, should breed good actors and poets, but should never be able to produce a man who is just, independent, wise, and magnanimous. The arts, indeed, since their object is to bring business or fame, naturally pine away in obscure and mean cities; but virtue, like a strong and hardy plant, takes root in any place, if she finds there a generous nature and a spirit that shuns no labour. Wherefore we also, if we fail to live and think as we ought, will justly attribute this, not to the smallness of our native city, but to ourselves.

      which then gives context to what he was saying above. As for my cherry picking, it was for those feeling beaten 😀 and just for a good laugh

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  2. Ruth says:

    Nonsense! 😀


  3. Sonel says:

    Pfffffft! hahahaha!


  4. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Happiness for all! 🙂 Thanks for the extra Plutarch!


  5. vequinox says:

    Reblogged this on Manolis.


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