If are to have a great kingdom, rule over yourself

This quote from the Stoic philosopher Publilius Syrus came to me recently.

This is a thought often echoed.

It is what I learned from studying the ancient Christian contemplatives. I expected reports of great spiritual visions–and indeed there are some–but mostly they wrote about how to conquer themselves so that the path to seeing and following God would be cleared.

When we see people whose public morals border on the illegal elevated to important offices or revered for their wealth in popular press, we could hardly be accused for wondering about sticking with virtues and morals as a way of life.

To live a rich and complete life, the experience of many throughout human history teaches this wisdom.

Do not be tossed about by the vagaries of emotion. Rule over yourself.

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