Marcus Aurelius : The Greatest Solace Of The Mind And Resoluteness

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Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 who gained his wisdom and nobility from the study of philosophy. In the first three books of Meditations, Aurelius discusses the cultivation of a philosophical mind, how philosophy is the greatest solace of the mind and resoluteness for that which is best.
He begins, in Book One,by telling us where he acquired his wisdom, listing a number of people who have an positive influence on his life and how they influenced his view of the world, himself and the appropriate behaviour that one should follow. It seems that the people he listed were not only people that he knew in person, but he has included the influence the works of philosophers whose work he studied. I personally think that this is an effective way to learn. I believe that great wisdom can come from observing the actions and characteristics of others. Reading and studying the works and lives of people you do not know is also a great source of wisdom because you are able to learn from them and their mistakes. He puts specific emphasis on the role that the Gods had on his life, saying that without them, all the knowledge he possessed would not have occurred without divine protection.
In Book Two, we are told that philosophy is a great solace for the mind. Paraphrased, he says, put yourself in mind, every morning, that before that night you will meet with some meddlesome, ungrateful and abusive fellow, with some envious or unsociable churl. Remember that their…

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