Reading Freely is the combination of two past efforts of mine to make sense of the world; one literary, the other philosophical. What does it mean to read freely? For me, it is to search the entire world for truth, not merely my little corner of it; it means to investigate every discipline, poke my head into every cranny. It means to consider the opinions of others regardless of their reputation in society. The wise man of today will be tomorrow’s fool, and yesterday’s buffoon will be tomorrow’s sage. Above all, it means to think for myself, to admit no master over my head whether they be a king, a priest, or an ideological mob.
Posts will have a mix of book reviews, reflections, and quotations.
The page background is the Stoa of Attalos; the page banner is the School of Athens; and the avatar I use here is a depiction of Epictetus, who along with Marcus Aurelius introduced me to Stoicism and a life inclined towards wisdom. The illustration had he virtue of depicting him writing, but I was amused by his thoughtful, almost exasperated expression.