Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Part 2

Body , soul ,mind . To the body belong sense perceptions, to the soul impulses, to the mind judgements. The receipt of sense impressions is shared with wild beasts , with calamities, with a Phalaris or a Nero; having the mind as guide to what appears appropriate action is shared with those who do not believe in the gods, those who betray their country, those who get up to anything behind closed doors.

So if all else is held in common with the categories mentioned above, it follows that the defining characteristic of the good person is to love and embrace whatever happens to him along his thread of fate; and not to pollute the divinity which is seated within his breast, or trouble it with a welter of confused impressions, but to preserve its constant favour, in proper allegiance to god, saying only what is true, doing only what is just.

And I all people mistrust him ,for living a simple, decent ,and cheerful life, he has bo quarrel with any of them, and no diversion from the road which leads to the final goal of his life: to this he must come pure, at peace ,ready to depart, in unforced harmony with his fate.

Marcus Aurelius Meditations 3.16

Honorata.

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