Marcus Aurelius


Last Sunday I spent 50 pence on a little old book. It was sitting neglected on one of the shelves at the National Trust Head office building in Swindon. I was unaware what was in it when I picked it up and thinking it interesting added it to the five or so other old books I was going to buy; you never say no to a 70 year old book going for 50 pence.

Here is an excerpt from the first page.

“Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offender’s ignorance of what is good or evil. But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself, who is my brother (not in the physical sense but as a fellow-creature similarly endowed with reason and a share of the divine); therefore none of those things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in ht is disregarding. Nether can I be angry with my brother or fall foul of him; fr he and I were born to work together, like a man’s two hands, feet, or eyelids, or like the upper and lower rows of his teeth. To obstruct each other is against Nature’s Laws and hat is irritation or aversion but a form of obstruction?”

Reading through a couple more of his Meditations I found myself wondering what my meditations would paint. I thought it worth a try and added to the list of projects a collection of thoughts. Until it is done, I’ll share the most profound ones in this book with you from time to time. Not bad for 50p.

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