Macrocosm & Microcosm

Where the self yearns and reflects on that which is greater than the sum of its existence.

Microcosmic

Pneuma

In motion as the wind over distant waters

Warmth as a fire ever burning at the center

The breath of life, cosmic, and the self

Pneuma

In motion outward, in union and oneness

In motion inward, equilibrium of the self

Passive and inert, a divine reasoning

Funneling into the consciousness of the self

Macrocosmic

Pale glimmering of the moon, a hope

Radiant against the stellar canvas, encompassing

Immersing us all, In its beauteous silvery glow

Until it fades, only to rise again reborn

But that in itself is a reflection of you

Of warmth and the light, borrowed

That which I wish to be, Giver of life

The bearer of an unquenchable fire

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Aponia

Our coping mechanisms help us survive in times of strife and sickness. This is all the more relevant now that the world is stricken by a pandemic. The new normal being that we are confined inside walls of a place that we have been calling home.

But what is home? Is it the confines of our current solitary existence? Or is it the gentle breeze of the ocean on our faces while we bask in the sun’s rays? Home in my humble opinion is wherever we yearn for.

But I digress. In times like these it’s important to look back on the ideas that’s been left to us to help us cope going forward. To maintain the bonds that we created in the months and years before and to achieve at the very least a momentary state of happiness and self-love.

Epicureanism (named after the philosopher Epicurus), though a hedonistic and materialist perception of the world, its advocacy for a simple life as well as the concept that the absence of pain and fear creates the greatest pleasure (known as Aponia) sets it apart. Ultimately an idea worth pondering over.

Don’t fear god,
Don’t worry about death;
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easy to endure.

Philodemus, Herculaneum Papyrus, 1005, 4.9–14

Nothing is ever set in stone

“That which brings us to our knees will separate our fantasies”

Nothing is ever set in stone. Someone once told me that throughout our lives we have dreams and fantasies that we strive to achieve. But no matter how much we persist in our goals some are destined to fail. Some failures will just graze us by and we’d think nothing of it.

Yet at times we invest so much of ourselves and our time into these dreams and fantasies, when it all comes crashing down it brings us to our knees. And it is how we deal with those failures that defines who we are from that point onward.

Life and its many obstacles

Whether we dust ourselves off and start anew or let our failures consume us to the point of no return. It is human to fail. It’s human to fail and keep trying as well.

After three decades, what he said to me makes more sense than ever before. The idea that we must never give up no matter what is a fallacy.

We should be taught, even as children that to fail in their dreams and fantasies is acceptable. And when they fail they should dream of something new and more grandiose. No matter the pain and the hardships that they’d face, success comes to those who endure in their failures.

Beauty exists everywhere. The key is to look at the right moment.