Fail-safe resolution

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Traditions, traditions ! Who invents them? Why?

Apparently, around New Year Eve one is expected to make some personal promise, basically to behave better in the forthcoming year. Why a person can’t resolve on, say the birthday of Germaine Greer not to beat her husband? Mystery.

Having strong will, I had avoided this silly custom as a plague, which it is. However, this time, being mildly provoked, I gave in. I resolved that in 2018 I will put on weight, smoke more and drink more alcohol. Therefore, in December I would either have that so desirable inner warm feeling that I kept my word, or I would be richer and healthier. I can not lose.

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About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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One Response to Fail-safe resolution

  1. Gloria X says:

    Hmm – it’s very tempting.

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