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Doc Ï Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόν 303 pages ´ Moneyexpresscard » Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher without any intention of publication the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperorFlections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe While the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encourageme Marcus gives us wise advice about using the Internet particularly social networking sites“because most of what we say and do is not essential If you can eliminate it you'll have time and tranuillity Ask yourself at every moment is this necessary”He shares his opinions on the worst types of modern professional He does not approve of lobbyists and is rightly worried about their influence on the legislative process We should heed his words“so long as the law is safe so is the city and the citizen”He has harsh things to say about public relations executives;“to say what you don't think the definition of absurdity”He understands the modern office dynamic reminding himself“Not to be constantly telling people that I am too busy unless I really am Similarly not to be always ducking my responsibilities to the people around me because of pressing businessMarcus has advice for politicians which it is clear from this book he thinks are untrustworthy illogical and prone to anger He condemns unreservedly all their faults and the problems with the modern electoral system“it makes you betray a trust or lose your sense of shame or make you show hatred suspicion ill will or hypocrisy or a desire for things best done behind closed doors “A desire for things best done behind closed doors” Marcus is spot on in identifying a lack of democratic accountability fostered by the CIA NSA GCH and the rest of the security paraphernalia as being at the root of many of our current political problemsIn the UK there is a tradition for politicians or at least for the posher type of politician to study “PPE” or “Politics Philosophy and Economics” at either Oxford or Cambridge University But despite such an expensive education our political masters don't have half the grasp on the classics that Marcus has which is remarkable considering he was home schooled I wish Marcus would consider a career in politics just to show up our current representatives for the intellectual pygmies that they really are Marcus also gives us advice on a personal level I don’t know much about his background but I can be sure he is the father of teenage children Can he really keep his temper?“they are drawn toward what they think is good for them but if it is not good for them then prove it to them instead of losing your temper”Unlike other self help writers he doesn’t flinch at reminding us about our own mortality“Think of yourself as dead You have lived your life Now take what's left and live it properly” We should remember“not to live as if you had endless years in front of you Death overshadows you While you're alive and able be good”and also“how much damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them”How refreshing if authors of self help books would confront suarely the central issue of our own mortality and our negative emotions of anger or frustration instead of forever hiding from these topicsSo to end with my favorite paragraph from book 10 paragraph 5 One for physicists as well as philosophers to puzzle over“whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time The twining strands of fate wove both of them together your own existence and the things that happen to you”I don’t normally read self help books Often they seem full of cliches left over from the Victorian era And in this book which may have been modeled on the writings of Alain De Botton Marcus mixes in a lot of philosophy and this just isn’t to everyone’s tasteBut with this short work Marcus who is Italian and his co author Gregory Hays have brought the format right up to date by reflecting suarely on the types of issues that we all face todayA great book by an author who and this is no exaggeration deserves a statue to be put up for him I can only wish I could meet Marcus one day In fact I’ll be checking out if he has any book signings lined up If he has a decent agent I’m sure he has

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Nt Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy a timeless collection that has been consulted and admired by statesmen thinkers and readers throughout the centuries It's of course completely ridiculous to rate a nearly 2000 year old journal by a Roman emperor who never intended it to be read As a book experience the repetition of Aurelius's thoughts can be frustrating the excellent introduction in this volume provides context for it and for the concept of stoicism but I found his challenges his every day worries remarkably human When they're good they're incredibleAt dawn when you have trouble getting out of bed tell yourself 'I have to go to work as a human being What do I have to complain of if I'm going to do what I was born for the things I was brought into the world to do Or is this what I was created for? T huddle under the blankets and stay warm?' But it's nicer hereSo you were born to feel 'nice?' Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don't you see the plants the birds the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks putting the world in order as best they can? And you're not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren't you running to do what your nature demands?

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Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόνWritten in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher without any intention of publication the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual re When I was a freshman in college I lived in a dorm My roommate was on the football team He would write inspiring things on poster board and hang them in our room often on the ceiling above his bed to motivate himself He favored straightforward sentiments like never give upThe Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius did not hang motivational posters for inspiration Instead he kept a journal in which he collected his thoughts about how to live well MEDITATIONS is that book Most people have heard that Aurelius counsels to expect the worst and you will never be disappointed While that is part of what he has to say it is not the most interesting of what he has to say At his most thoughtful Aurelius calls on us to ask the best of ourselves and never mind the behavior of others His MEDITATIONS is a work of motivational advice to inspire us in the ways of stoicism It is a manual for being a complete mature adult It is a guide for living a dignified thoughtful lifeConsider Suppose that a god announced that you were going to die tomorrow 'or the day after' Unless you were a complete coward you wouldn't kick up a fuss about which day it was what difference could it make? Now recognize that the difference between years from now and tomorrow is just as small Book IV Greg Hays trans Modern LibraryOr Concentrate every minute like a Roman like a man on doing what's in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness tenderly willingly with justice And on freeing yourself from distractions Yes you can if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life and stop being aimless stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you stop being hypocritical self centered irritable You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this that's all even the gods can ask of you Book IIAnd If at some point in your life you should come across anything better than justice honesty self control courage than a mind satisfied that it succeeded in enabling you to act rationally and satisfied to accept what is beyond its control if you find anything better than that embrace it without reservations it must be an extraordinary thing indeed and enjoy it to the full Book IIIThat these thoughts came from the most powerful man in the world a man whose personal power so vastly exceeded the personal power of any American president that we have difficulty comprehending it makes it all the impressive Aurelius continually writes that strength comes from humility self restraint and good humor towards others He teaches us to accept what we cannot control and to trust what we knowGood advice indeed