[lit-ideas] The meaning of life

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 18:37:17 -0800 (PST)

Only tangentially related to the recent threads, but still:
There are references to Kant and others, but this quote struck me:

When a man's circumstances contain a preponderance of things in accordance with 
nature, it is appropriate for him to remain alive; when he possesses or sees in 
prospect a majority of the contrary things, it is appropriate for him to depart 
from life…. Even for the foolish, who are also miserable, it is appropriate for 
them to remain alive if they possess a predominance of those things which we 
pronounce to be in accordance with nature. (Cicero, III, 60–61)


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