Even A Small Cave May Hold Calamities

The decrees of Fortune may be postponed, but they can never be vacated.  He who imagines that he can avoid these rulings is like the man who exerts his limited control over a raft traveling on a swiftly-moving river; he may be able to organize the furnishings on his raft, but it is the river that decides his course.  It swirls him about in its currents and eddies; it pushes him against projecting rocks and rapids; and its flux holds him firmly in its aquatic grip.  Individual effort can arrest or divert this course, but only under certain conditions.  Most men are unable to summon the required exertions of will necessary to resist such implacable torrents.  We celebrate heroism because it is so uncommon, and because it represents, in some ways, a kind of conscious rebellion against Fortune’s unfeeling mandates.

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In Trying To Avoid One Harm, You May Cause A Worse One

Aesop tells the following tale called “The Son and the Painted Lion.”  A fearful old man was worried about his robust son’s enthusiasm for hunting wild game.  He imagined that the son’s courage might go too far, and result in serious bodily injury or death.  So he did everything he could to shelter and sequester his son; yet his fears grew constantly, even reaching the point where he began to dream about possible disasters.

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Smoked Pork Neck Bones And Black Beans

I was in a grocery store the other day and saw a package of smoked pork neck bones.  I don’t recall ever eating them before; but they were enticing, and I had a good intuition on how they might be prepared.  Slow-cooked with spices and black beans, I thought, and they might evoke memories of Brazilian feijoada.  Now before you rap my knuckles, understand that I am not saying this is anything that approximates feijoada:  I know that the real thing requires multiple steps and is a very complicated dish.  I only say that this dish may evoke memories of that venerable Brazilian dish.  Decide for yourself.  In any case, this is a simple matter to prepare, is very inexpensive, and is undeniably delicious.

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You Will Be Judged (Podcast)

This is a crucial moment.  You will be judged by how you conduct yourself over the next few months.  As for philosophy, you want to talk the talk, but have you really internalized the messages of the philosophers?  We discuss shipwrecks in the ancient world, some lessons from the movie The Edge, and the crucial importance of maintaining a rigorous, disciplined schedule.  More than ever before, you have to be self-starter.  Your time is now.  You will not fail, because we will not permit you to fail.

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A Simple Dish With Pinto Beans And Chilies

I’m going to share an easy and satisfying recipe that I threw together yesterday.  It doesn’t have a name, and I didn’t get it from any recipe book.  I’ve been experimenting with this very useful Instant Pot pressure cooker lately, and thought readers might want to hear about this.  If you don’t have one of these, you should consider getting one.  Even if you don’t have one, you can make this recipe on the stove in a pot, although the preparation time will be longer.  It’s very easy, and you can substitute different ingredients, or add additional ingredients.  It’s all up to you.

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