Text for Reflection
It is important to understand that nature creates in parents affection for their children; and parental affection is the source from which we trace the shared community of the human race … As it is obvious that it is natural to us to shrink from pain, so it is clear that we derive from nature itself the motive to love those to whom we have given birth. From this motive is developed the mutual concern which unites human beings as such. The fact of their common humanity means that one person should feel another to be his relative. – Cicero, On Ends, 3.62-3.
Read today’s morning text and build into your morning meditation the thought that we have a natural bond of affection not only with our families but with all human beings, who have the same core nature as ourselves.
I feel that this is like professor Xavier using his power to gain access to the minds of people. You are part of the community and everyone of us so tiny. As we grow older and we climb further up to the ranks in the corporate ladder, the things we can influence becomes greater. I am concern on the well being of my fellow human mates and I wish I can bring a change to the world to advance people work and play.
Midday. Take 5-10 minutes to sit quietly and practise the Circle of Hierocles exercise given here. Think of yourself as gradually expanding the circle of those you are concerned with till you reach the circle of human beings in general.
Actually, I was having lunch after a meeting and didn’t do the circle thing. After reading his the circle thing works, it’s just imagining embracing everyone.
Evening. Read today’s evening texts and bear them in mind in your evening meditation. How far did you succeed in fulfilling your local roles and responsibilities while also bearing in mind the broader values shared by humanity in general – or the needs of those human beings currently without a home or country of their own?
Evening Text for Reflection
Let us embrace in our minds the fact that there are two communities – the one which is great and truly common, including gods and human beings, in which we look neither to this corner or to that, but measure the boundaries of our state by the sun; the other, the one to which we have been assigned by the accident of our birth. – Seneca, On Leisure, 4.1
What benefits each of us is what is in line with our constitution and nature; my nature is rational and political. As Antoninus, my city and fatherland is Rome, as a human being it is the universe. It is only what benefits these cities which is good for me. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.44.5-6
I don’t keep refugee. Although I pity them, my capacity to host them is limited. What I can do is to have a control over what I can do. For mankind, I want to make my life worthwhile by having the means to improve the life of other human beings.
I am fortunate to be in a regional role in a multinational company. I realised how important it is for me to think clearly and strategize how we survive the next 20 years. This will cover the community of gods and human.
Next I am fortunate to have a good home. My job is to allow my kids to blossom and contribute to the good of the society. Hoping they don’t just live, but to live a meaningful life.
Highligted source modern stoic