So this is the true value: and if this is firmly held, you will not be set on acquiring any of the other things for yourself. Will you not then cease to value much else besides? Otherwise you will not be free or self-sufficient or devoid of passion: you will need to be envious and jealous, to suspect those who have the power to deprive you of these things, and to intrigue against people who possess what you value. In short, anyone who feels the need of any of these things is necessarily sullied, and what is more he will often be driven to blame the gods too. But reverence of your own mind and the value you give to it will make you acceptable to yourself, in harmony with your fellows, and consonant with the gods - that is, praising all that they assign and have disposed.
Marcus reviews what plants, animals and birds focus on: survival. Then he reviews what humans will often seek: acting on impulse, eating, defecating, applause of hands and tongues. All of these things he has learned to scorn. Now he must focus on acting with reason.
He must ignore all that and hold in reverence his mind - his ability and capacity to think and reason. He must act in harmony with other people, and accept and love all that the gods (universe) has dealt him.