I was at an elegant dinner party recently where I met an interesting young man named Devron Johnson. He spoke with such good sense about the world today, we have continued our discourse.
He emailed me about his writing, asking for suggestions for staying focused (Haha!!! I am not focused most of the
“I have been studying the Philosophy of Stoicism and the teachings of Marcus Aurelius since I was in middle school…Maybe this is why I tend to see things without too much emotion and clouded judgement.” He said.
Marcus Aurelius, I should have known! Devron is an intellectual. He has an open mind, it is splendid to see such in a young black man of the 2000s.
(Especially in the era of Black Lives Matter, because those people do not appear to read anything except violent, angry material. What interests them are attacks against white people who really are not nearly as prejudiced as themselves.)
The Meditations are marvelous. Perhaps it would be helpful to young people if some schools or parents or police or some form of authority, tried to forbid kids to read about the Stoics. Certainly, Meditations is seditious information because by using it for instruction a man can control himself and therefore he can control others (especially if they have not read it). Perhaps if it were forbidden they would flock to read it and learn some of the greatest lessons ever taught.
Not going to happen, but I am impressed that he read Marcus Aurelius in middle school. He must have had a mentor or a really good teacher or divine help with his reading. (I am only partly kidding about the Divine help.)
Here is a link to his blog: https://knwhre.wixsite.com/mysite
“As for the not playing victim. Being a victim or playing victim will never help or improve anybody or any situation. I think that is the problem for a lot of millennials (my generation), and ethnicities (specifically Black people) who were once oppressed. Yes there is still racism, sexism, classicism, etc. However, there has been a lot of improvement and it should not be used as a crutch today. “ he added.
I agree with everything he said about victimhood. Not useful. And anyone who sees themselves as a victim gives power to the thing or entity by whom they feel victimized.
It is NOT the same thing but there is still some discrimination against women. I have been privileged my entire life and yet even I have experienced it.
And then, of course, there was the sexual harassment which we all grew up with in my time. It was not even remarked upon. It was just ‘the way it was’. But most women had their ways of combating it. Most women were not as downtrodden as young women today appear to believe we were.
Women stuck together. Women basically controlled the family, even though the man might bring home the money. Women raised their sons and daughters and a lot of men practically worshipped their mothers. Women did OK for the most part.
It is only NOW when they are educated and independent that they seem to feel like such victims. They have become whining snowflakes. It is unbecoming, to our sex. I have absolutely NO patience with it. Women are NOT second class citizens. They never were even before we had the vote. We had our ways. We have always been able to run circles around men. We think differently. It is a gift or perhaps it is evolution. We have evolved for survival’s sake to know how to protect ourselves and generally get our way.
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