“Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit
He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
This is very apt today as I have been in and out of the garden, working and reading…Dictator by Robert Harris, the third and last book in the Cicero trilogy.
Many of you are aware that I do not have a TV, nor want one, come to that!
I spend my time between the garden and reading mostly.
Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, and constitutionalist.
Cicero lived through the fall of the Republic and the installation of Caesar as dictator.
It was a time when Roman fought Roman and the fabric of society was torn apart.
Cleopatra was on the throne of Egypt and Mark Anthony was waiting in the wings, (…most of you know of the tempestuous love affair between them both!)
But, to return to the quote above…Cicero had life sorted in my opinion.
There is much anguish and depression in society today, and, in my opinion, exacerbated by the lack of connection we have to Mother Earth and each other, but particularly by noise!
There is a background noise that seems to permeate home life, emanating from TVs, computers and screens linked to the internet.
Gaming seems to be the order of the day for many young people.
In short, home, for many people, is no longer a sanctuary!
Creating a private space where you can go to read, write, pursue a craft, or simply unwind is a positive step towards establishing good mental health and physical relaxation, in other words, a body and mind space!
If you are lucky enough to have a garden, then that can be a wonderful environment to create “space”…or, as I did when I lived in London, a garden shed on my rented allotment was my personal retreat!
The words of Cicero are particularly relevant today as society seems to struggle to keep a grip on sanity and calm.
It was difficult enough for Cicero over two thousand years ago…and you know what they say about history and it’s apparent repetitive nature…
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