4 years ago
I was reading the Meditations by Marcus Aurelius the other day. Being the leader of the ancient world spoke highly for him. Its not everyday you can read the thoughts of great world leaders.
Oddly enough, I was struck by the complexity of the wording. I did a quick reading difficulty check and was struck by the fact that soem sections were ridiculously difficult. This seems odd in the face of a spartan who espouses humbleness. Many of the ideas could have been expressed in much simpler formats, much clearer.
I am always suspicious of complex writing. The writer is using complexity for a reason. It may be to hide something but I don’t think this is the case in this book. More likely, it is to show off some intellectual prowess.
That’s not humble. But don’t through the baby out with the bathwater. There is still plenty of quality stuff in these pages. It just think it could be a bit more accessible. I seriously intend to read more, in spite of the difficulty, and apparent hypocritical writing tone.