A fairly unique collection of writings, by an emperor and commander-in-chief, who actually was a deep thinker as well. His first book can been viewed as a real book, whereas the others are more a collection of thoughts. Some of those I find quite remarkable for his day and age (e.g. a state based on equality for citizens and freedom of speech; reasonable creatures have been put into this world for one another; allow yourself some isolation, and thinking, at times, in order to rejuvenate yourself).
Aurelius praises honesty, modesty and an independent inner compass (like Alexander, Caeser, Pompeius, Diogenes, Heraclites, Socrates). Some one-liners are ancient truisms, but someone had to write them down for the first time: you should not reason what a good man is, just be one; healthy thinking means being open to all what happens; it is pointless to be angry at the facts, the facts care less about that.
In the last couple of books, Marcus Aurelius reminds us frequently about the (extreme) short stay we all endure at planet Earth. It clearly is not about eternal fame. What should man do? You should not hope to establish Plato’s state, but be satisfied with even the slightest progress and do not demise that as a small accomplishment. A last quote: Why be afraid of change? What can be created without change? (or even has been… Jw). Note: I read the translation by Siomen Mooij-Valk, which I cannot find on Amazon or Anobii.....Continua