Monday Meditation (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, XI.8):

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“A branch cut away from the branch beside it is simultaneously cut away from the whole tree. So too a human being separated from another is cut loose from the whole community.

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.”

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