Friday, May 26, 2017
Commentary on Meditations: B3:7
For this passage, I will take the advice Marcus gives to himself and make it an affirmative statement.
Have faith. Embrace integrity. Love. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Praise another. Be transparent (without guile). To not want anything that has to be kept behind closed doors or secret.
The rest of the passage speaks of what a sage would look like. There is no drama, no anxiety, no wanting to escape, no seeking of pleasures nor avoidance of pain. He does not care when his last day is - he does not grasp at his life because he lives every day to the fullest and always acts with integrity and decency (he has no regrets, no death-bed repentance).
His only concern or fear is that he ceases to act as a rational and social being.