One of the world's most famous and influential books...this eloquent and moving work draws and enriches the tradition of Stoicism, which stressed the search for inner peace and ethical certainty in an apparently chaotic world. Serenity was to be achieved by emulating in one's personal conduct the underlying orderliness and lawfulness of nature. And in the face of the inevitable pain, loss, and death – the suffering at the core of life – [the author] counsels stoic detachment from the things that are beyond one's control and a focus on one's own will and perception....Continua
Compelling and inspiring. This should be essential reading. If everyone read this book and adopted it's principles the world would be a utopia. Perfection.
These Meditations were written Greek and thought in army camps. He realizes the tragic triviality of human affairs in the incalculable vastness of time and space but on the positive side accepts the need to act rationally both as a man and a Emperor, in pursuit of short-term and medium-term goals. Marcus Aurelius is one of the wisest men who has even been called upon to rule an Empire: much of what he writes is relevant even today after so many centuries....Continua