#107 – Pursue harmony (Ομονοιαν διωκε)

Harmony is often viewed as the opposite of strife. But harmony is not the opposite of striving with another for both to improve. It is the opposite of the negative strife of discord. We are told to “Despise strife” while also told to “Finish the race without shrinking back”. If harmony was the opposite of…

#106 – Be grateful (Ευγνωμων γινου)

This Maxim is so basic that sometimes I wonder why it is included. But then I realize that it is because this is so basic to society that we sometimes forget how important it really is. Grateful means appreciative of benefits received and it is this appreciation that we need to demonstrate to others in…

#102 – Control the eye (Οφθαλμοθ κρατει)

This Maxim continues the theme of self-control that is found in some of the other Maxims. The phrases ‘wandering eye’ and ‘green-eyed monster’ are evidence of the fact that this particular type of self-control is necessary to comfortable living in society. The eye is one of the most important organs of sense and sages throughout…