All other things, to their destruction draw; Only our love hath no decay;; This, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday; Running it never runs from us away; But truly keep his first, last, everlasting day;
__John Donne; The Anniversary
In tribal times, there were the medicine men. In the Middle Ages, there were the priests. Today, there are the lawyers. For every age, a group of bright boys, learned in their trades and jealous of their learning, who blend technical competence with plain and fancy hocus-pocus to make themselves masters of their fellow men. For every age, a pseudo-intellectual autocracy, guarding the tricks of the trade from the uninitiated, and running, after its own pattern, the civilization of its day.
Live in rooms full of light; Avoid heavy food; Be moderate in the drinking of wine; Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics; Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water; Change surroundings and take long journeys; Strictly avoid frightening ideas; Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements; Listen to music;
__A. Cornelius Celsus