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Live This Life Out Truthfully and Rightly: Selections from Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations,” Part 2 of 2

2021-09-28
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“The only thing that isn’t worthless: to live this life out truthfully and rightly. And be patient with those who don’t.” “Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we’re practically showered with them. It’s good to keep this in mind.” “Ambition means tying your well-being to what other people say or do. Self-indulgence means tying it to the things that happen to you. Sanity means tying it to your own actions.”

“No one can keep you from living as your nature requires. Nothing can happen to you that is not required by Nature.” “I can control my thoughts as necessary; then how can I be troubled? What is outside my mind means nothing to it. Absorb that lesson and your feet stand firm. You can return to life. Look at things as you did before. And life returns.”

“Is my intellect up to this? If so, then I’ll put it to work, like a tool provided by nature. And if it isn’t, then I’ll turn the job over to someone who can do better - unless I have no choice. Or I do the best I can with it, and collaborate with whoever can make use of it, to do what the community needs done. Because whatever I do - alone or with others - can aim at one thing only: what squares with those requirements.”

“Forget the future. When and if it comes, you’ll have the same resources to draw on- the same Logos (the Word of God). Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy; none of its parts are unconnected. They are composed harmoniously, and together they compose the world. One world, made up of all things. One divinity, present in them all. One substance and one law - the Logos (the Word of God) that all rational beings share. And one truth… If this is indeed the culmination of one process, beings who share the same birth, the same Logos. All substance is soon absorbed into nature, all that animates it soon restored to the Logos (the Word of God), all trace of them both soon covered over by time.”
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