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STOIC POETRY | The Social Principle

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

September 7, 2019

Dear Eric,

I'd remain with my family and people always, if I didn't know there is - and is not - more. So, I go to see the nothing...which presents itself as something...and then remember that I do have something which is truly more: My family and my people, though at times I want them not.

That last sentence... That's a doozy. I see now how it could be taken the wrong way. I simply mean that I am one who needs others not always; but only sometimes. That's all. And when I don't need - or even want - others...then I "want them not." But what an absent path that would be if I were to follow it always. And so, I don't. And not just for my own sake, but for the sake of virtue. For you and I each have something - very much something - to offer to our family and our friends - indeed to all the rest! This is why it's good to be social for the better sake of virtue.

So, have your Great Life Adventure. Then, make your family... And find your friends. Get your job and career going. Become a person of your time and your people. Live your life. Live your social life. Make and contribute. Talk and be friends. Love and make children. Work hard and long at everything community. Deny at time even the nothing which you've found and know is true. Live well in spite of this awful fact. Live the best you can as a social man or woman of your time. Speak truly of the nothing if someone asks your mind on this matter. Point out even where the nothing isn't, if someone desires to not see for themselves. Then go back to your life, your family and your friends. Live this one vain life as though it isn't.



My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.

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