6.27.2006

Subversive Philly Ads

The Philadelpia Daily News has a series of mock ads encouraging people to move to the City of Brotherly love. They're cute and subversive.

In other news, law school continues to kick my ass and I'm going to be in Portland this weekend for the Libertarian National Convention.

What's happening with you?

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...tired...

6.12.2006

Short Update

Evidence is kicking my ass, Law Review is kicking my ass, and work is kicking my ass. Hence the light bloggery. Also, the following quote is gold:
"A man may fail, but he does not become a failure until he blames somebody else." -J. Paul Getty


Yours truly,
Mr. X

...iron, lion, zion...

6.06.2006

People Don't Do the Right Thing

There have been a number of instances in the past few weeks where people have not treated me appropriately. Whether through malice or negligence, they just didn't live up to the standards that I would expect. This used to be something that I would get angry about, where I'd say, "They should treat me better."

The Epictetus quote for today provides some insight for handling this problem:
“‘My brother ought not to have treated me so.’ Very true; but he must see to that. However he treats me, I am to act rightly with regard to him; for the one is my own concern, the other is not; the one cannot be restrained, the other may.” - Discourses 3.10.19 [Higginson Trans.]


It's far too easy to use other people's shortcomings to justify our bad actions in response. It feels good in the short term, but in the end we race to the bottom, responding to bad treatement in kind, until we become just like the person who initially wronged us.

Far better to take Marcus Aurelius' advice: "The best revenge is not to be like that."

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...not Spike Lee...