The journey to wisdom
Adana MAM Legros
Watercolor on paper
56 x 75 cm
“Marc Aurèle suggested to“ stay straight ”; to stay upright is to "live like a Roman"; to live like a Roman is to master degrading affects: sorrow, desire, anger, mourning, fear.
(…) The art of always being equal to yourself. The ideal Roman manifests gravity, serenity, humanity, sweetness, simplicity, modesty, clemency, greatness of soul, freedom, patience, loyalty, beneficence, long-suffering, magnanimity, gentleness, good reception reserved for the lower.
(…) Pierre Vesperini writes: “To be straight is to be beautiful like emerald, purple, a lyre, a sword, a flower, it is to live a more beautiful life, that is to say to distinguish from others, to shine in the midst of them, instead of being any thread of the toga ”. He takes this idea that an ethics worthy of the name is an aesthetic. Then he adds: "We can summarize this aesthetic nature of the Ancients by this formula of the philosopher Taurus: Vita Ornanda," You have to magnify your life, make your life a work of art