Monday Meditation (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, XI.8):
The branch is cut off by someone else. But people cut themselves off — through hatred, through rejection — and don’t realize they’re cutting themselves off from the whole civic enterprise.
Except that we also have a gift. We can reattach ourselves and once more become components of the whole.
But if the rupture is too often repeated, it makes the severed part hard to reconnect, and to restore.”