Meditations Book Summary (PDF) by Marcus Aurelius

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Why This Book Matters:

Meditations give us an overview of one great Roman king’s ruminations on death, life, and justice as well as the nature of the world, and why things happen the way they do.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. Death is an inevitable factor of life and one that should not be feared.
    1. If Death is the ultimate salvation of the soul and should not be feared but cherished.
  2. The concept of Logos covers the destiny and working of every living and non-living thing – be content with it.
    1. The author discusses the importance of being satisfied with the Logos, no matter how hard life puts you down. Logos is an ancient belief in destiny’s will.
  3. It is useless to complain, wasting the short time we have in this world
    1. Be useful and live to the fullest whatever time we have left in this world is not worth losing to complaining.
  4. Logic and reason is the highest order of thinking
    1. Logical and analytical thinking is the highest form of thinking. It is believed that is how the Logos judges and thinks as well.
  5. There is only one kind of pain in this world – the pain we inflict on ourselves.
    1. Humans suffer pain when they do not have faith in the higher judgment of Logos.

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