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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
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Aug 21, 11

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Roman Emperor and Stoic Marcus Aurelius Antoninus' (121-180 AD) MEDITATIONS in 12 books (chapters) on Living, Dying and the Good Life is a collection of his personal reflections and aphorisms while in long campaigns on the crumbling eastern frontier of the Empire. It starts with the observation that life repeats itself - Nothing new under the sun and nothing to you can do to change it. Everything reverts back to fire and restarts. Once you accept it - Life becomes acceptable. He follows with reflections on Mortality - Everything/one was born to die - a natural process with one’s life being a brief open window - so that one should accept the miniscule, transitory nature of our presence. The Hope is to accept and enjoy and relish what is at hand with full attention and participation - Observation and Contemplation of the moment. A Stoic’s guide to proper conduct of one’s Life - a pantheistic view that has influenced Neoplatonist and Christian thinking - "God is the universe, the universe is God. The wise and virtuous learns one's place in the scheme with the goal of human existence is to live consistently with Nature, "consistently with Reason". 10-18 Yaoundé 12 May 2011
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