"When men are inhuman to others, take care not to feel towards them as they do to others."

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

[Update 29 November 2007 @ 20:53: change the quote from "Take care not to feel towards the inhuman as they feel towards men." to a clearer one.]

[Update 30 November 2007 @ 10:50: added missing HTML tag to prevent ALL my text being in courier font]

Comments

Barbara said…
Is he talking about dogs? I don't get it.
Richard said…
barbara: no, not quite. I prefer to quote it as "When men are inhuman to others, take care not to feel towards them as they do to others."

Maybe I will just change the quote.
tin-tin said…
aaah... at first i didn't get the quote also. but when i read your comment, i got it.

in other words... revenge with kindness? :)
Richard said…
tin-tin: I think it is about maintaining the respect and dignity inherent in each person, even if that person show it towards others.
b said…
Poignant. I think there is suggetion of a chain reaction here...when we start to feel towards them as they do to others, we may in turn find ourselves treating them they way they do to others.
Richard said…
breal: I tihnk so too - the slippery slope to becoming inhuman.

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