I read big so that you can read small. I know that being contemplative about life is not always beneficial as the excessive thoughts can weigh you down and take you out of the eternal moment, but I also know that reading snippets like the ones in the book help to put some of your present worries and troubles into a larger perspective. None of us can ever be too busy to wonder how to make ourselves More
I read big so that you can read small.
'If the Dao, the Way, is being followed in the world, then show yourself. If it is not, then retire in seclusion. In a state that has the Way, to be poor and of low status is a reason for you to be ashamed; in a state that does not follow the Way, to be rich and famous is equally a cause for being ashamed of yourself.'
It was a quote attributed to Confucius coming from the East that led me to the Isles of Scilly, 30 miles removed at the south of the British mainland, to reflect on what our current state has to offer, and to begin studying 'A History of Western Philosophy', written by Bertrand Russell.
The following pages are my favourite excerpts from his 900-page book, hence the front-page the tag line 'I read big so that you can read small.'. In amongst these excerpts are some of my own thoughts put into words. Any entries that follow with a smiley face are my personal favourites. I hope that you enjoy.
If you enjoyed reading this then I recommend that you also read 'Meditations', composed by Marcus Aurelius, which is the book that allowed me to believe that a book written in this style and content was possible to write.