It was in February 2015 that I launched this blog.
That one year anniversary is approaching very fast.
It’s a time for reflection, and prospection: that is, looking back on how much we’ve accomplished, and what will be ahead of us this coming year.
Reflection and prospection.
In my first post in February 2015, I wrote this:
And now we begin the great journey.
I had resisted getting a website at first.
But I soon came to realize that for me, as a writer, having my own platform was the best way to amplify my voice.
This site is the result. The launch of this ship is a beginning, but the voyage will have no end.
“Choice is not an end,” the Renaissance scholar Francesco Filelfo tells us, “but chooses things related to an end.” [De Exilio, III.148]
I will try to keep posts here to an enlightened minimum, being aware that brevity is the soul of mercy, as well as wit. Selection of fresh material and allotment of space will be primary concerns.
The pervading themes here will be the topics covered in my books, and others, as the opportunity arises.
And as we relate our stories, we relate ourselves: de nobis fabula narratur.
Thank you, patient reader.
In just one year, I have published a very large number of high-quality articles, of a type that no one else is able to duplicate.
No one else. This blog is unique.
No one else has the range or depth of experience, the wisdom, the knowledge, the scars, and the broken bones.
And most of all, no one else can bring it all together.
Those who come here looking for clickbait, for bullshit, and for an easy hand-holding ride are in for a real awakening.
But that’s the way I like it.
I don’t aim to reach the lowest common denominator.
I don’t “dumb down” things, like every other blog does, or molly-coddle you.
I write for the best. Because I want you to be your best.
With the publication of Thirty-Seven in 2014, I created a new genre, or revived a very old one.
Something that no one else can do effectively: the moral essay making use of historical, philosophical, or literary material.
I published two unique books in 2015: Pantheon and Stoic Paradoxes.
I never thought I would be a writer and a blogger. But life has ways of changing things. And I realized that unless I got my own voice out there, no one would hear it.
I’m a modest guy, and always have been. I was never the type of guy who liked to talk about himself.
But things change. Times change, and people change. And I realized that I’ve got to get my message out there. I’ve got to get myself heard.
It’s not easy to explain. It comes from within. Defiance, rage, passion, zeal, erudition, and wisdom all come together in one big fireball.
Because if you don’t tell people, they’re not going to know.
Even if you have to trumpet yourself from the rooftops. I wanted–and still want–to make sure my voice is recorded for all time.
So that those after me can build on what has been started.
And 2016 is going to be an even bigger year.
In 2016, I’m going to be releasing my translation of Cicero’s On Duties, which has been called one of the wisest books ever written.
It’s a complete handbook of how to act, how to behave, and how to think.
I’ll be adding a new organizational scheme, an index, commentary, notes and more. No one has ever done this before.
My translation will–for the first time–bring one of the great minds of antiquity into the modern digital age.
So this is more than just a translation. It is an entirely new way of experiencing a great classic. And you will be learning the most important lessons in life: how to act, how to behave, and how to think.
And it’s coming to you in 2016.
It is the best and most complete translation of this classic that has ever appeared in English.
Does this sound arrogant?
Good. It should.
And it’s also absolutely true.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to release it. It’s taken a huge toll on me, involving many months of daily effort wrestling with that old master.
Suck it up, Quintus. And keep moving.
The past year was a great one. And the next one will be greater still.
You just wait.