MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book xii. 15.
IT is high time for thee to understand that there is somewhat in thee, better and more divine than either thy passions, or thy sensual appetites and affections. What is now the object of my mind, is it fear, or suspicion, or lust, or any such thing? To do nothing rashly without some certain end; let that be thy first care. The next, to have no other end than the common good. For, alas! yet a little while, and thou art no more: no more will any, either of those things that now thou seest, or of those men that now are living, be any more.
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"Have no other end than the common good." Do we really consider this, as the ends of all of our choices and action? Do I seek my own pleasure and security, those of my loved ones? What am I doing, for the 'common good.'ReplyDelete
Wow if we all thought of the common good first and foremost how much nicer this world would be. If only we could focus on the good of others first and foremost...ReplyDelete
Something to continue to stive for.