Book Eleven

The new horoscopes are up.

Number 8

VII. A branch cut off from the continuity of that which was next unto it, must needs be cut off from the whole tree: so a man that is divided from another man, is divided from the whole society. A branch is cut off by another, but he that hates and is averse, cuts himself off from his neighbour, and knows not that at the same time he divides himself from the whole body, or corporation. But herein is the gift and mercy of God, the Author of this society, in that, once cut off we may grow together and become part of the whole again. But if this happen often the misery is that the further a man is run in this division, the harder he is to be reunited and restored again: and however the branch which, once cut of afterwards was graffed in, gardeners can tell you is not like that which sprouted together at first, and still continued in the unity of the body.

Marcus Aurelius

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  • rhubarb Sep 6, 2012 @ 10:19

    Liked the horoscope and the Snopes railroad link. I’ve always found the tracking of such things down through history fascinating, and I disagree with the writer of the Snopes article on that issue. In general, small, ignored or taken for granted at the start (of course shafts had to be spaced far enough apart to accommodate horses’ rear ends) down the centuries have long term outcomes and ripple effect. Cool.

  • rhubarb Sep 6, 2012 @ 10:21

    I like the Aurelius quotations, though this one is a bit preachy for my preference.

  • Kramer Wetzel Sep 6, 2012 @ 13:37

    Yeah, depends on the translation, pretty much.

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