An Emperor on Goodwill
“Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180, was considered the last of the Five Good Emperors* and revered as one of the most important Stoic philosophers. His work, Meditations, written while he was on campaign (170 – 180) is considered a testament to a life of service and duty. In the two decades of his emperorship, Marcus Aurelius faced invasions from German tribes to the north, clashes with the Parthian Empire in the east, and an internal revolt led by Avidius Cassius. During his lifetime, he acquired the status of a philosopher king, a title that has remained with him long after his death. He may have lived many centuries ago, yet his words have relevance in our world, in our time.
“We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.”
(*Neva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius)