We recently took a trip to Boston, Massachusetts to see the Boston Celtics face off against the Golden State Warriors in the TD Garden in the heart of downtown Boston. This was easily one of my favorite experiences. As an ardent NBA fan, and Golden State hater, it was a joy to join the virulent Celtic-fanbase in throwing jeers at the visiting Warriors players.
You could say that I’m a sucker for movie trailers. I love watching teasers for upcoming films. They are, indeed, a specific art form. There are good trailers and bad trailers (mostly bad, though). The good ones tease the intrigue of the movie without giving anything significant away or spoiling the plot in any way.
Renowned Scottish philosopher, writer, and historian Thomas Carlyle once quipped, “The History of the World [is] the Biography of Great Men.” Carlyle, himself, was one of the leading proponents of the “Great Man” theory, which sought to explain the course of history by the impact of “great men,” or heroes.
Dom Cobb explains that “an idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.” So opens Christopher Nolan’s 2010 tour de force Inception. Those who know me well know that *Inception* is and remains my favorite film of all time.
Sometimes referred to as the “philosopher king,” Marcus Aurelius served as Emperor of Rome for 19 years, being the last of what many cite are the Five Good Emperors. But the implication that Aurelius was not only a political and militarial authority but also a philosophical authority derives chiefly from his influential contributions to the Hellenistic school of thought known as Stoicism.