What a noble thing is the soul ready for its release from the body, if now must be the time, and prepared for whatever follows - extinction, dispersal, or survival! But this readiness must come from a specific decision: not in mere revolt, like the Christians, but thoughtful, dignified, and - if others are to believe it - undramatic.
The allure and sparkle and fascination of things needs to be broken. We need to not "chase the shiny object" all the time. What are these shiny objects that people constantly chase?
- avoidance of pain
Marcus provides a few examples in music, dance, and the sport of wrestling. If you break the whole of it, into parts, the allure is greatly diminished. Once you do this, you may ask, "should I be overcome by this single note? This wrestling move? This dance move?" This exercise should break the allure. Do this with everything, except virtue. As you do this, you will soon discover you despise things that don't matter.
As for death, we must always be mentally prepared for it. How sad to see frenzy at death. How distinct and noble to meet death as an old friend.
(see also Citadel p. 133, 165, 272)
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