The disvalue of value. – thoughts by the consolation of Philosophy.
Yet desire/value IS built into the system and creativity of life’s structure.
How then should we handle value and desire? (Hint: what is the first/greatest commandment of God?)
What comes before growth and wisdom? The desire for it + the ease of sophistication for understanding to take place. Should we then not place desire into the realm for growth and wisdom?
Philosophy begins her commentary:
He who has calmly reconciled his life to fate, and set proud death beneath his feet, can look fortune in the face, unbending both to good and bad: his countenance unconquered he can shew.
Thus there is nothing wretched unless you think it to be so; and in like manner he who bears all with a calm mind finds his lot wholly blessed. (But how to bear a calm mind, when one is physically in pain? eg. bad stomachache, leg cramps, burning body.)
Wherefore, then, O mortal men, seek ye that happiness without, which lies withIN yourselves? Ye are confounded by error and ignorance. I will shew you as shortly as I may, the pole on which turns the highest happiness. Is there aught that you value more highly than your own SELF? You will answer that there is nothing. If then you are master of yourSELF, you will be in possession of that which you will never wish to lose, and which Fortune will never be able to take from you.
your Creator. He intended that the human race should be above all other earthly beings; yet you thrust down your honourable place below the lowest. For if every good thing is allowed to be more valuable than that to which it belongs, surely you are putting yourselves lower than them in your estimation, since you think precious the most worthless of things. (of fame, wealth and position).
This is the condition of human nature, that it surpasses other classes only when it realises what is IN itself; as soon as it ceases to know itself, it must be reduced to a lower rank than the beasts. To other animals ignorance of themselves is natural; in men it is a fault.
How plainly and how widely do you err by thinking that anything can be adorned by ornaments that belong to others! Surely that cannot be. For if anything becomes brilliant by additions thereto, the praise for the brilliance belongs to the additions. But the subject remains in its own vileness, though hidden and covered by these externals.
Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself. When you gaze upon riches, they are gone, for they surely make wings for themselves, and fly off into the sky like an eagle. – Proverbs 23:4-5.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the L ord will be greatly praised. – Proverbs 31:30, NLT
Philosophy mocks fame: And do you think of setting forth your name and publishing your name in this space, which is but as a point within another point so closely circumscribed? And what size or magnificence can fame have which is shut in by such close and narrow bounds? Further, this narrow enclosure of habitation is peopled by many races of men which differ in language, in customs, in their whole scheme of living; and owing to difficulty of traveling, differences in speech, and rareness of any intercourse, the fame of cities cannot reach them, much less the fame of men.
Philosophy concerns the reconciliation of God’s omniscience vs human freewill: Then said she, ‘This is the old plaint concerning Providence which was so strongly urged Philosophy by Cicero when treating of Divination, and you yourself have often and at length questioned the same subject. But so far, none of you have explained it with enough diligence or certainty. The cause of this obscurity is that the working of human reason cannot approach the directness of divine foreknowledge.