Esoteric Matthäus

Τὸ κατὰ Ματθαῖον εὐαγγέλιον The Gospel According To Matthew Chapter Five, vv.1–10 A Translation And Commentary The Beatitudes (pdf) David Myatt 30.iii.18 °°° The Beatitudes were translated following a request by a friend. Image credit: The Greek text of Matthew 5:1–10.

via The Beatitudes — David Myatt

Stōïkos II

Notes:

I. Stoicism is characterized by a rejection of pleasure as the standard of human happiness and human felicity. Stoicism takes the position that the wise man —the good man, the philosopher— is a man who lives in accordance with nature. He fears only abdicating his moral responsibility. He is not afraid of pain; he is not afraid of death; he is not afraid of poverty’ he is not afraid of any of the vicissitudes of the human condition. He fears only that he should let himself down, and that he should be less than a complete human being.

II. Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius.

III. The stoic man is never any place but home. His polis is the kosmos.

IV. Marcus Aurelius is a standing reproach to our weakness, to our self-indulgence; to our willingness to give in to what we want; to our inclination to make excuses about things that are entirely up to us, and to try and act as if we are[sic] not responsible for our behavior.

V. We might wanna say that Marcus Aurelius is an important step in the construction of the Western conception of the self, or the ego.

VI. The key idea behind Marcus Aurelius is something like this: that it’s just the human condition for us to have troubles and worries and anxieties and problems. Don’t torture yourself by worrying about things that aren’t in your control —leave that in the hands of God, leave that in the hands of nature. Do your best to control the things that you do have control over: yourself, your behavior, your intentions, and your actions. If you do that, you will live a blessed and happy and virtuous and wise life. You will be a real human being. If you fail to do that, gradually, the inclination towards debauchery, evil, vice, sin —to put it in theological terms— will become greater and greater. And unless you can arrest this slide towards self-indulgence, you will harm yourself, and you will harm the people around you.

VII. The stoic man says that a virtue that is possible for one man is accessible to all of us. There is no excuse for us not being that good. If we provide such excuses for ourselves, we harm ourselves and we harm others, by preventing us from recognizing our true moral obligations.

VIII. Marcus Aurelius let’s us know that all people suffer, but not all people pity themselves. Marcus Aurelius let’s us know that all men die, but that not all men die whining.

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A most eccentric chapter


From Project Gutenberg’s transcription of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s ‘Faust’, translated by Bayard Taylor:

 

MEPHISTOPHELES

There is, to make thee young, a simpler mode and apter;

But in another book ’tis writ for thee,

And is a most eccentric chapter.

 

FAUST

Yet will I know it.

 

MEPHISTOPHELES

Good! the method is revealed

Without or gold or magic or physician.

Betake thyself to yonder field,

There hoe and dig, as thy condition;

Restrain thyself, thy sense and will

Within a narrow sphere to flourish;

With unmixed food thy body nourish;

Live with the ox as ox, and think it not a theft

That thou manur’st the acre which thou reapest;–

That, trust me, is the best mode left,

Whereby for eighty years thy youth thou keepest!

 

FAUST

I am not used to that; I cannot stoop to try it–

To take the spade in hand, and ply it.

The narrow being suits me not at all.

 

MEPHISTOPHELES

Then to thine aid the witch must call.

Science, Faustus, Grail, Dark Gods


“Ye holy priests of heavenly Mahomet
That, sacrificing, slice and cut your flesh,
Staining his altars with your purple blood;
Make Heaven to frown and every fixed star
To suck up poison from the moorish fens,
And pour it in this glorious tyrant’s throat!”

—Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine