I have just come across this wonderful phrase (which doesn't just mean living a quiet life in your garden as I first thought!...).
Focussing as I am on gardening, I found myself thinking 'Je dois cultiver mon jardin' as a kind of justification for ignoring the rest of the world for a bit. I knew it came from Voltaire's Candide but little else, so I spent an absorbing evening looking it up ('Google it Grandma' says my grandson if I ask him somehting he can't answer!)
I skimmed words by Julian Barnes, Thoreau, Wittgenstein and more, and landed on the site of Austin Klein who linked to The School Of Life. Scroll down to see the short video here. All well and good I thought, but didn't Plato say that if good people ignored public afffairs the price we would have to pay would be to be ruled by evil people?
Everything is about balance and the point of balance is different for every person. Maybe we all struggle to find our own place, our own opinion and our own way to do something good to counter the bad.
AND culitiver notre jardins.
I don't intend to write much about this topic here, but it seemed wrong not to acknwledge it, and writing helps me think thngs through. As do your always interesting comments which I really appreciate. Thank you so much for making the blog a conversation.