The Sophist
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The Sophist

Marcus Aurelius: A Fire Burns Within You

Reason turns our obstacles into fuel, but we must use it or lose it

We were born with a light inside of us. Painting: Georges de La Tour, Newborn Infant, 1645–48. (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Book Four of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius says everything we should know about reason in the first paragraph. I’ll break it down sentence by sentence.

“Wherever it is in agreement with nature, the ruling power within us takes a flexible approach to…

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Steven Gambardella

Steven Gambardella

I am a history PhD sharing the lessons of philosophy and history with practical benefits for your life and work. Get in touch: stevengambardella@gmail.com