Friday, June 2, 2017

Commentary on Meditations: B3:10

So discard all else and secure these few things only. Remind yourself too that each of us lives only in the present moment, a mere fragment of time: the rest is life past or uncertain future. Sure, life is a small thing, and small the cranny of the earth in which we live it: small too even the longest fame thereafter, which is itself subject to a succession of little men who will quickly die, and have no knowledge even of themselves, let alone of those long dead.

Truly, the only control we have over all the vastness of time is now.  We cannot change or re-live the past.  We cannot control with 100% certainty the future.  What we do have control over is what we do now and what attitude we choose to have now.

Furthermore, embrace the fact and remind yourself of it every day, that we all die.  Whether we die as a child or as an old man, we all share the same fate.

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