Friday, May 12, 2017
Commentary on Meditations: B3:3
Every day death should be before us - we should think about it and embrace it as our fate. We should love our fate of death. Accepting death leads to greater appreciation for the life we do have at this very moment. Greater appreciation for life at this moment leads to greater impetus to make the most out of what we have - to truly live life - carpe diem!
In this passage, Marcus reminds himself of "great" people who all succumbed to death. Then he reminds himself to think nothing of it. We got on the boat, set sail, arrived at the port, we go ashore. We should not have anxiety over this; rather we should enjoy the journey.
He further analyzes if there be gods and an afterlife or not. This too is out of his control and he exercises his discipline of assent to adjust his attitude accordingly. If we go on to another life, so be it. If we die into nothingness, then no more pain or pleasures.