The secret of all victory

lies in the organisation

of the non-obvious.

Marcus Aurelius

Always an early riser, the leading counsel for the plaintiff had made his way to court at the crack of dawn. He could barely keep still as he surveyed the place where only hours from now the historic hearing would begin. Steadying himself on an ancient tree, he suddenly realised he had spent almost 20 years – nearly all his professional life – preparing this case.

They had carried the point that the hearing take place in the plaintiff’s presence, hence the unorthodox venue. The motion to banish wooden furnishings from the court’s temporary residence had also succeeded. But only yesterday the decision had come through that would almost certainly clinch the case: as the plaintiff was suing for recognition as a full citizen, his full name was to be read out in court in an English translation.

20 sonorous pages, a few lines for each decade of the plaintiff’s life:

I am the tree who stands on the hill…

* * *

T.Mastgrave’s philosophical story challenge: “What does it mean to be equal?” A prequel to Neighbours.

Blazing Away

The blazing fire

makes flames and brightness

out of everything

thrown into it.

Marcus Aurelius

This little rose is certainly doing it’s best to brighten things up!

Precious Privilege

When you arise in the morning,

think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive:

to breathe, to think, to enjoy,

to love.

Marcus Aurelius

Jakesprinter‘s challenge: Morning.


Everything we hear
is an opinion,
not a fact.
Everything we see
is a perspective
not a truth.

Marcus Aurelius

Unique outlook – SBB Building in Basel (Herzog & de Meuron)