Think about this
If you can 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 what is properly good. It is not right to set up as a rival to the rational and social good anything alien to its nature, such as the praise of the many, or positions of power, wealth, or enjoyment of pleasures. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 3.6
The virtues highlighted in the text are
- Self control
There are some thing external which are a enjoyment
- Praise of the many
- Positions of power
- Enjoyment of pleasures
Some of the people I know thinks that power is important and to many, wealth is important. Having those things actually are external and lost of power or wealth is possible. Actually, who wouldn’t want all these enjoyment. It’s just that praise, wealth and power is a derivatives of doing something. Like hard work and wits. The means of attaining them should be done with cautious. So internal virtues are what I think moral compass that we stick to when decisions are being made and action being done.
You can be wealthy by dishonest means. But if you have truthfulness in place, you will do the right thing to gain wealth.
This Morning Routine
This Morning Routine
Read today’s morning text and use it as part of your morning meditation, thinking about the virtues you aim to express today.
My thoughts for the morning
Courage to preach my idea. I am working on a project that requires transformation of processes within the customers’ place. I can’t control what is going to happen but whatever the outcome, I have tried my best.
Take 5-10 minutes to sit quietly and list what you think are the most valuable qualities in a human life comparing this with the Stoic list of virtues. Think about occasions when you did aim, or could aim, at acting virtuously rather than trying to get external things (‘preferred indifferents’).
Age with wisdom
Die smiling of course with dignity
Make a dent in the universe with humility
Evening. Read today’s evening text and think about the picture given there of the virtuous and happy life, and bear that in mind in your evening meditation. How far did your actions and thoughts today match the virtues and qualities you regard as most important? Could you do things differently tomorrow?
From what did we gain an understanding of virtue? From someone’s orderly character, his sense of what is appropriate and consistency, the harmony between all his actions, and his greatness of spirit in coping with everything. In this way, we came to understand the happy life, that flows on smoothly and is completely under its own control. – Seneca, Letters, 120.11
I did something courageous today. Just presenting my ideas.
Highligted source modern stoic
Massimo Pigliucci put it nicely Why Virtue is the only good