Eric Greitens is an award-winning photographer and writer. His photographs have been featured in the International Photography Hall of Fame, and his first book, Strength & Compassion, won the prize for Photography and the Grand Prize in the New York Book Festival.
He has written multiple New York Times Bestsellers, including, but not limited to: The Warrior's Heart, Resilience, Strength and Compassion, and The Heart and the Fist.
"One of the most famous philosophical books is Marcus Aurelius' Meditation.
That is so funny what you're saying. First of all, I'm reading that right now. Secondly, this book reminds me a lot of that book. His quips are very short and not strung together coherently, and also it's very ancient language, but this reminds me a lot of that book.
Well, that's intentional. Because what Marcus Aurelius is doing in his meditations?
Okay, if he was sitting here right now, if he just showed up and he said, Mark, I want to talk to you about your book, he'd be be what book? What book? You guys took that thing and you made it into a book? Like this was his notes to himself, and it was a philosophical exercise, just like you and I would wake up and people wake up and they pray, or they do their push-ups, or they work out. One of the philosophical exercises that he would do is he would write things down to remind himself of what he already knew. And there's a very important point about philosophy. People often think of philosophy because they think of it in this academic way. They think that it's something to read, understand, and put away. But in fact, reading philosophy, interacting with it, using it, is meant to be a process just like eating good food, just like taking a shower. They're like, you don't get to say like, oh man, I had a great meal last week, and I haven't had anything since. I showered last month. That was fantastic, right? The idea is that you have to, the way human beings are constructed, you need to have that constant infusion of quality wisdom.