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Where Do We Turn For Guidance Now?

By Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
From his “The Meditations”

Human life.
Duration: momentary.
Nature: changeable.
Perception: dim.
Condition of Body: decaying.
Soul: spinning around.
Fortune: unpredictable.
Lasting Fame: uncertain.
Sum Up: The body and its parts are a river, the soul a dream and mist, life is warfare and a journey far from home, lasting reputation is oblivion.

Then what can guide us?
      Only philosophy.

(Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire.)
This paean to philosophy was found on The Point Magazine. You can sign up for their “Quarantine Journal” at https://thepointmag.com.
 

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