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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Trick Yourself

For such an out-of-this-world human being, he was so grounded in reality... Marcus Aurelius on self-hypnotism, as cited in How to Live - or - A Life of Montaigne:

" 'How good it is, when you have roast meat or suchlike foods before you, to impress on your mind that this is the dead body of a fish, this the dead body of a bird or pig; and again, that the Falernian wine is the mere juice of grapes, and your purple-edged robe simply the hair of a sheep soaked in shell-fish blood! And in sexual intercourse that it is no more than the friction of a membrane and a spurt of mucus ejected.'

At other times, he imagined flying up to the heavens so that he could gaze down and see how insignificant all human concerns were from such a distance." (Bakewell, 112)

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