Friday

December 4

'THE soul' surveys the world and the empty space around it, and the way it's put together. It delves into the endlessness of time to extend its grasp and comprehension of the periodic births and rebirths that the world goes through. It knows that those who come after us will see nothing different, that those who came before us saw no more than we do, and that anyone with forty years behind him and eyes in his head has seen both past and future - both alike.

[Thus] the characteristics of the rational soul [are]:
Affection for its neighbors. Truthfulness. Humility. Not to place anything above itself.

MARCUS AURELIUSMEDITATIONS. Book xi. 1.

1 comment:

  1. I find it interesting that the study of the world and the way it functions leads to the Stoic's ethics.

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