Meditations Summary

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1. 1-Sentence-Summary:

1.1. Meditations is a collection of 12 books written by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who’ll introduce you to Stoic philosophy, the concept of logic, self-discipline and give you faith that the course the world runs is a good one.

2. Favorite quote from the author:

2.1. "Put an end once for all to this discussion of what a good man should be, and be one." - Marcus Aurelius

3. 3 lessons:

3.1. Logic doesn’t always make sense, but everything happens for a reason.

3.1.1. The word logic as we use it today originally stems from ancient Greek. The word “logos” means “reason” and to the stoics, it was the force of life.

3.1.2. Logos gives everything its form and its order.

3.1.2.1. It flows through every plant, every tree, every building and every human being. It is the essence of all life and the underlying master plan for everything that happens in the world.

3.1.2.2. Therefore, every single thing that happens, whether good or bad, happens for a reason.

3.1.3. Things are exactly right as they are, which includes terrible things like terrorism, death and disease just as much as it includes wonderful things like rainbows, sunny days and long, fulfilled lives.

3.1.4. We’ve long deviated from this concept. To us, logic has become a much more mathematical concept.

3.1.4.1. 1+1 = 2. That’s logic to us. But when a close family member unexpectedly dies, we don’t think that’s logical. It doesn’t make sense to us. It’s unfair, we get angry, we cry and resent the world.

3.1.5. Marcus Aurelius believed that everything happens for a reason. Always. Even in the worst of times, he took comfort in the fact that everything is exactly as it’s supposed to be.

3.2. Life is too short to waste even a second complaining.

3.2.1. If everything is exactly right the way it is, complaining becomes utterly useless then, doesn’t it?

3.2.2. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

3.2.2.1. You could’ve spent those 60 seconds laughing. Talking. Breathing. Living.

3.2.3. You never know how long you have. No one knows. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow, or never even wake up the next day. Your time on earth is limited. Incredibly limited. So don’t waste it.

3.2.4. Marcus Aurelius hated holding court, but he knew he shouldn’t spend even a second regretting his duties.

3.2.4.1. Instead, he trusted in the grand scheme of things, knowing that logos had a plan for him, and right now his part in that plan was to let people waste his time with superficial arguments and small talk in court.

3.2.5. Complaining wastes your time and makes everyone that has to listen to it feel bad. So how about making it today’s mission to stop complaining?

3.3. The only pain you suffer is the one you inflict upon yourself.

3.3.1. Marcus Aurelius believed that physical pain was part of logos’s big plan as well.

3.3.2. He also suffered a lot of psychological pain in his lifetime. Out of his 13 children, 8 died before him, including his wife, who died at a very young age.

3.3.3. But he was convinced that all these things happen for good reason, trusted in the purpose, and thus remained calm even in the worst of times. After all, these deaths were external events that Marcus Aurelius had no hand in whatsoever.

3.3.4. He believed that any harm done to a person from an external source was beyond their control and therefore, couldn’t truly harm them.

3.3.5. The suffering only starts if you allow it to, because you start blaming yourself, questioning why things happen, or complaining about how unfair everything is.

3.3.6. Whatever pain you’re facing, you have a choice. You can accept it and move on without complaining. Always.

3.3.6.1. So don’t make yourself suffer, it’s really all in your head.

4. What else can you learn from the blinks?

4.1. At which time Marcus ruled Rome

4.2. Stoic thoughts about death and what to do when you feel overwhelmed by it

4.3. How others suffer when you fret

4.4. Why you shouldn’t feel bad for a second if your house burns down

4.5. How emotions can cloud your mind and keep you from seeing the truth that logos is

4.6. Why being fair and kind is the best piece of actionable advice you can take

5. Who would I recommend the Meditations summary to?

5.1. The 20 year old with a YOLO-attitude, who’s trying to make every day perfect without worrying about the future, the 79 year old who’s gotten a bit grumpy over the years and complains a lot, and anyone who spends a lot of time beating themselves up in their own head.