Stoic Week Day Four: Virtue

Welcome to Day Four of Stoic Week.

ThursdayWelcome to Day Four of Stoic Week.

Please read today’s chapter online or download the the handbook and read it offline.

Now take a moment to consider today’s morning text for reflection and post your thoughts or questions about this to our discussion group.

If you find anything in human life better than justice, truthfulness, self-control, courage… turn to it with all your heart and enjoy the supreme good that you have found… but if you find all other things to be trivial and valueless in comparison with virtue give no room to anything else, since once you turn towards that and divert from your proper path, you will no longer be able without inner conflict to give the highest honour to that which is properly good. It is not right to set up as a rival to the rational and social good [virtue] anything alien its nature, such as the praise of the many or positions of power, wealth or enjoyment of pleasures. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 3.6

One thought on “Stoic Week Day Four: Virtue”

  1. such as the praise of the many or positions of power, = stress wealth or enjoyment of pleasures = boredom

    I feel like this is morning reflection is benefited by stoic mindfulness. I think that if we were to think of the loft aspirations and wishes we have like the ones given above with honesty and realism we would see how in simply wanting it we divert our own path. I something to think about with my drive to school.

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