Although Marcus Aurelius was a Powerful Ruler

His problems appear to be surprisingly similar to the problems we all face daily.

Here are the 5 lessons from him: Image
Marcus Aurelius may be best known as a Stoic philosopher.

Aurelius became famous for The Meditations,

A collection of his thoughts, Stoic beliefs, and notes on his life.
1. The evil that men do harms you only if you do evil in response

Marcus reminded himself to not be upset by the misdeeds of others

in reacting to such people

We must never allow our own principles to be violated.
2. Frame and Desires are not worth Pursuing

Marcus repeatedly explains why the pursuit of fame and praise is foolish

and why we especially should not care about what others think of us after we die.

He explains that nothing is made better by praise.
3. The universe is changing

Marcus Aurelius' strongest philosophy comes when he speaks on the eternally changing nature of the universe

and the acceptance of death.

He reminds us that all of us will die,

We only ever lose the present moment that is all we ever have.
4. Problems are created in the Mind

Being superior to pain and pleasure allows us to fully accept the course of nature

and focus on being virtuous.

Our perceptions of events as troublesome

are the real source of any unhappiness we experience,

not the events themselves.
5. Our Rational Mind is our Greatest Asset

He knew that our ability to reason is what sets us apart from animals.

Our rational minds have complete power over our opinions

and the mind only experiences suffering when it itself creates a desire for a specific outcome in life.

▸ The evil that men do harms you only if you do evil in response
▸ Frame and Desires are not worth Pursuing
▸ The universe is changing
▸ Problems are created in the Mind
▸ Mind is our Greatest Asset
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