These are trying times to be a “rational animal”, but I’m doing my best to quell the voluntary and involuntary wrongs done by myself, and endure the wrongs of others.
Marcus’s recommendation to meditate and seek tranquility over satisfaction really resonates, because it’s what I undoubtedly turn to to “re-order” my mind toward the good and the possible. 🧘♂️
Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself.
For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in perfect tranquility; and I affirm that tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind.
For with what art thou discontented? With the badness of men? Recall to thy mind this conclusion, that rational animals exist for one another, and that to endure is a part of justice, and that men do wrong involuntarily…
- Meditations (Book IV), Marcus Aurelius