Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius

By Marcus Aurelius


Originally written in Greek by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the book provides insights on tackling the challenges one comes across in life. The philosophy of stoicism underlines this work, which essentially enshrines the development of self-control and endurance as the solutions to deal with antagonistic emotions.

About the Author

Marcus Aurelius Antonius Augustus, often referred to as The Wise, was the Emperor of the Roman Empire from 161 AD till his death in 180 AD. Considered as the last of the “Five Good Emperors”, he was a staunch believer in stoic philosophy, being fond of Plato. Faced with a series of invasions and rebellions, Marcus’ life was stained by several tragedies, including the loss of his parents at an early age, the loss of his brother Verus, the passing away of his wife Faustina, many of his children who died young, all of which led him to develop a stoic approach towards life.

What should you expect? Learn to master the art of forbearance in the face of crisis…

Considered widely as one of the best works in philosophy, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius intends to guide the reader to lead a life following a set of moral and ethical guidelines. The world, according to the Stoics has been built rationally, and is directed and governed by an all-powerful and all-pervading force called the logos, almost synonymous with God. Logos is present everywhere, in inanimate as well as animate objects.

Marcus Aurelius epitomized Plato's concept of a Philosopher King. This work is a collection of 12 books he wrote in which he draws from Stoic philosophy to formulate a self-help book par excellence. Meditations will help you to make sense of the world.

After reading this book, you will:

1)      Understand how to remain unaffected by joys and sorrows.
2)      Understand that everything was born to die, life is transient.
3)      Learn to control arrogance, be upright, modest, straightforward and helping to others.
4)      Learn that everything has a purpose, be it mud, horses, or trees.
5)      Learn to discard all vain ambitions and accept that we are all minuscule and insignificant in this universe.

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