“Whatever any man either does or says, thou must be good; not for any man’s sake, but for your own nature’s sake; as if either gold, or the emerald, or purple, should ever be saying to themselves. Whatsoever any man either does or says, I must still be an emerald, and I must keep my color.
“This may even be my comfort and security: my understanding that rules over all, will not of itself bring trouble and vexation upon itself. Thus I say; it will not put itself in any fear, it will not lead itself into any concupiscence. If it be in the power of any other to compel it to fear, or to grieve, it is free for him to use his power. But sure of itself through some false opinion or supposition incline itself to any such disposition; there is no fear. For as for the body, why should I make the grief of my body, to be the grief of my mind? If that itself can either fear or complain, let it. But as for the soul, which indeed can only be truly sensible of either fear or grief, to which only it belongs according to its different imaginations and opinions, to admit of either of them, or of their contraries; thou may look to that thyself, that it suffer nothing.” ~Marcus Aurelius
You Must Be Good
It seems quite strange for a Roman Emperor to be advising people to be good, but Marcus Aurelius was not a violent and sexually-perverted kind of emperor they make movies about. He doesn’t get any movies because he is considered boring. He was spiritual, not materialistic.
Because he was spiritual, he knew that it was important for each of us to be good, not so much for the sake of others, but for ourselves! Even if we are not certain what truly is good or bad, when we do what we believe is good, we feel better within ourselves. When we feel good about ourselves, we treat others good also. And when we feel good about ourselves, and we treat others well, we are far more likely to get along with each other and help each other then we would if we are always looking for ways to con others or reasons to dislike them or feel superior to them. So to be good benefits ourselves most of all, but it also benefits the entire world. And the greater the number of us who try their best to be good as much as possible, the more the world benefits. Continue reading “Be Good for Your Sake and the World’s”