I have been considering using the 147 lines from the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece in the current form of my book aspiration Love Our Life. Line number eighteen — “18. Respect the inevitable” — struck me as an idea that would have appealed to the Stoics. It was written about 550 BC and thus would have been centuries before the Stoics were well launched by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC. That was 600 years before Epictetus, who brought Stoicism to its apex of purity. Also, Stoicism was the motivating ethic during the Pax Romana and during the reign of the Stoic Emperor Marcus Aurelius. That hundred-year period is considered by many scholars as the most peaceful years ever enjoyed by the European civilization.
“18. Respect the inevitable” seems like a strange thing to put at the core of one’s book and personal philosophy, and yet when I set my thoughts on that idea and its implications it gives me a feeling of contentment. That word contentment made it to the current back cover of the book, which today reverted to the earlier title Love Our Life. The front cover still has the words Health and Happiness instead of health and contentment as seen on the back cover, but because of the progression from the front happiness with its momentary emotional qualities to the idea of contentment with its long-lasting glowing qualities, contentment feels better to me on the back.
The buffing of the feeling of the words on the cover feels complete and I have been working on the many pre-existing essays to bring them into a coherent style. That style is intended to be super simple and I may even run it through a Simplified English translator to achieve that simplicity. This book is intended for everyone.
The title “Love Our Life” feels more inclusive than “Love Your Life.”