I felt the same way.

Aarón hello! The Bolkonskys have been sent there as a kind of internal exile — so the father is doing his best to while away the time. I don’t think that Marcus Aurelius meant to say that “purpose” would always have to be helping other people — saying “Let no act be done without purpose” would still leave them free to do whatever they wanted…say, for example, your main purpose is “avoid feeling depressed when confined to a boring country estate”.

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