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characters Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόν ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¸ Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher without any intention of publication the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggledFlections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe While the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encourageme. Marcus gives us wise advice about using the Internet particularly social networking sites“because most of what we say and do is not essential If you can eliminate it you'll have time and tranuillity Ask yourself at every moment is this necessary”He shares his opinions on the worst types of modern professional He does not approve of lobbyists and is rightly worried about their influence on the legislative process We should heed his words“so long as the law is safe so is the city and the citizen”He has harsh things to say about public relations executives;“to say what you don't think the definition of absurdity”He understands the modern office dynamic reminding himself“Not to be constantly telling people that I am too busy unless I really am Similarly not to be always ducking my responsibilities to the people around me because of pressing businessMarcus has advice for politicians which it is clear from this book he thinks are untrustworthy illogical and prone to anger He condemns unreservedly all their faults and the problems with the modern electoral system“it makes you betray a trust or lose your sense of shame or make you show hatred suspicion ill will or hypocrisy or a desire for things best done behind closed doors “A desire for things best done behind closed doors” Marcus is spot on in identifying a lack of democratic accountability fostered by the CIA NSA GCH and the rest of the security paraphernalia as being at the root of many of our current political problemsIn the UK there is a tradition for politicians or at least for the posher type of politician to study “PPE” or “Politics Philosophy and Economics” at either Oxford or Cambridge University But despite such an expensive education our political masters don't have half the grasp on the classics that Marcus has which is remarkable considering he was home schooled I wish Marcus would consider a career in politics just to show up our current representatives for the intellectual pygmies that they really are Marcus also gives us advice on a personal level I don’t know much about his background but I can be sure he is the father of teenage children Can he really keep his temper“they are drawn toward what they think is good for them but if it is not good for them then prove it to them instead of losing your temper”Unlike other self help writers he doesn’t flinch at reminding us about our own mortality“Think of yourself as dead You have lived your life Now take what's left and live it properly” We should remember“not to live as if you had endless years in front of you Death overshadows you While you're alive and able be good”and also“how much damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them”How refreshing if authors of self help books would confront suarely the central issue of our own mortality and our negative emotions of anger or frustration instead of forever hiding from these topicsSo to end with my favorite paragraph from book 10 paragraph 5 One for physicists as well as philosophers to puzzle over“whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time The twining strands of fate wove both of them together your own existence and the things that happen to you”I don’t normally read self help books Often they seem full of cliches left over from the Victorian era And in this book which may have been modeled on the writings of Alain De Botton Marcus mixes in a lot of philosophy and this just isn’t to everyone’s tasteBut with this short work Marcus who is Italian and his co author Gregory Hays have brought the format right up to date by reflecting suarely on the types of issues that we all face todayA great book by an author who and this is no exaggeration deserves a statue to be put up for him I can only wish I could meet Marcus one day In fact I’ll be checking out if he has any book signings lined up If he has a decent agent I’m sure he has

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Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher without any intention of publication the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual re. Look within do not allow the special uality or worth of anything to pass you by I love this uote and I love the wisdom that runs through this book It’s such a simple idea and it is also a very true one Make the most of everything and everyone of every situation and chance that life throws your way because when they have passed we may not get them again Marcus Aurelius is full of logic and revealing comments about life death and the universe His meditations are very open and very honest And I found them uite touching The history of his reign as Roman Emperor is impressive but behind all his success was a very human person struggling and suffering with the same problems that plague all of us He comes to terms with his mortality and his insignificance in the face of history and time We are all of us only here a brief time and we need to make the most of it All is ephemeral both memory and the object of memory The book moves into discussions over the temporary nature of things of relationships and friendships and feelings Everything changes given enough time even memories and their ramifications Aurelius soul searches He writes these words during times of peace and war during times of duty and heart ache though his tone rarely changes He remains detached and accepting of destiny and where it may take him From this he ponders how to give life meaning and purposeAurelius suggests that one of the ways we can do this is through work real work and toil as we strive to meet our goals He suggests that it is an edifying pursuit to serve the development of humanity It gives life meaning and purpose as we work and improve He also argues for the creation of art and that in attaining it it's one of the greatest pursuits we can follow because of how it benefits mankind I agree with so many of the sentiments in here and those that challenged my own beliefs got me thinking about the nature of life

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Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόνNt Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy a timeless collection that has been consulted and admired by statesmen thinkers and readers throughout the centuries. If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewWearing Mismatched Socks at Work is Empowering Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Gregory Hays trans“Concentrate every minute like a Roman— like a man— on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness tenderly willingly with justice And on freeing yourself from all other distractions Yes you can— if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life and stop being aimless stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you stop being hypocritical self centered irritable You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life If you can manage this that’s all even the gods can ask of you”In “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius“Para ser grande sê inteiro nada Teu exagera ou excluiSê todo em cada coisa Põe uanto és No mínimo ue fazesAssim em cada lago a lua toda Brilha porue alta vive”In “Odes de Ricardo Reis” by Fernando PessoaWord of caution this review is going to be all over the placeI translated this into German a long time ago I’m not sure I’m up to the task of translating this into English this time aroundLet’s give it a go“To be great be whole nothingOf yours exaggerate or excludeBe all in everything Put all you areIn everything you doBe like the moon thatShines whole in every lakeBecause it lives up high”