“Say to yourself first thing in the morning: today I shall meet people who are meddling, ungrateful, aggressive, treacherous, malicious, unsocial. I cannot be harmed by any of them.”
We can choose the way we live. Meditations, by stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius is a journal of observations and life instructions to himself that pierces through theoretical philosophical discourse into the heart of what philosophy can offer us: a different way of life. The choice of a way of life is open to all people- it is a real option that can enrich and inform our everyday experience of the world and of ourselves. This is the perspective we call wisdom- for Aurelius, philosophy is merely a preparatory exercise for wisdom. Gathering together around Meditations will allow us to apply Stoic philosophy to the dilemmas we face in life, and therby transform his philosophy into something resembling a wisdom of the everyday.
Work Heights is a membership based co-working business in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. They have two locations that members share for their work and for building community with each other, as well as the greater neighborhood and city. We'll be hosting Olios at the Junkyard of Dean Machine, a beautiful backyard space complete with a firepit!