2007-11-29

 

"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]

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Is he talking about dogs? I don't get it.
 
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.
 
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? :)
 
tin-tin: I think it is about maintaining the respect and dignity inherent in each person, even if that person show it towards others.
 
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.
 
breal: I tihnk so too - the slippery slope to becoming inhuman.
 
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