Saturday, August 22, 2009

“If I keep my good character, I shall be rich enough.” Platonicus

Lucius Apuleius Platonicus was born in AD 124 in Madauros, Numidia near modern Mdaourouch, Algeria. Platonic philosopher, rhetorician, and author remembered for The Golden Ass, a prose narrative that proved influential long after his death – it is a satire on the vices of the age, especially those of the priesthood and of quacks. He studied at Carthage and Athens, traveled widely, and was initiated into numerous religious mysteries. It’s truly amazing what you can find on the internet.

Most of what’s left behind when we leave – a job, a relationship, a meeting, a party or this life – is our reputation. We all have to work hard – every day, every year, all the time – to build and keep a good reputation. The things we say and do are the foundations upon which it is based; the ways we treat others and respond to them are the walls from which its structure finds strength; how we think and plan and stay true to our ideals determines if it will withstand the elements of our existence. These are the treasures that sustain us and support the world around us. How good is your reputation? What will they say about you when you’re gone??

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