Reflections on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations

ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OR A LEADER? In either case where will you end up at journey’s end? I say there is only one path to be on!

Marcus Aurelius is a fine example to point out to the people of today as to promoting the facing of challenges with an even temperament!

Marcus had some big setbacks or struggles which I can absolutely relate to, but, his doing such positive with them like promoting strong reminders that were designed to make him humble, patient, empathetic, generous, and strong in the face of whatever he was dealing with, which is what I’ve been doing or trying, but need to do even more and better!

I had a response to one of my postings that straightaway was straying from the topic at hand and appeared to be more of a statement to ridicule belief in God Almighty which today is rampant in the highly secular pagan atmosphere and people mostly striving for attention as they worship self or in the least are seeking adulation from others especially on social media which tends to be mostly a lot of dribble and just diversion from reality by joining the club of clicking and getting more likes or follows, a sort of baiting humans to do a Pavlov’s Dogs Tricks Behavior, while the Tech Titans gain enormous wealth and data mine all of our private information, which to me is idiotic to be willingly a part of it; thus I’ve never wanted to have Facebook; and now with so much truth surfacing over the last few years of what these Tech Giants are really up to its reassuring to know I wasn’t falling for the hype and propaganda from the get goes!

But, here is the response I made to this comment on my blog essay that I want to share here because I can only imagine what Marcus would say about how ridiculous people have become and what might even be considered so far from hallow men but instead hollow with little integrity, character or actual guts; as they live sitting cloistered in their pretend cyber world!


I’m not discussing thermodynamics and or particle physics as those debates in the world at large continue, as to whether the basic laws that govern the time space continuum are invariably set or have absolute boundaries as Einstein was referring when he stated that “God doesn’t play dice,” while there are those that still concur that beyond the fourth dimension which they believe quantum mechanics appears to indicate there are fluctuations or vibrations that function outside of all established know physics leading one to consider alternate universes and the like, or multiple outcomes are randomly possible for the same static event or particle’s path when considered in the expanded time space continuum based on that conjecture; but some would or try to say that any such intriguing possibility that seems to be presenting such a potentiality; this is to me for all intent and purposes the God particle as a reference here far exceeding our conceptualization capacity, or that aspect that all else is based on which is God, which nobody is infinitesimally capable of understanding let alone competing with such enormous and vast power and understanding that which knows anything and everything!


Take a look at what we really are to equate what I say; otherwise we are heading down the rabbit hole of atheism and non-belief in any highest intellect and presence in the universe and that in itself is ridiculous on its face, because it concludes that all is just random and there is no order or design intelligence to anything while reaching such a conclusion based on Nothing; making it all gibberish and a total fool’s errand; so in such a mindset anything goes and morals or integrity should be non-existent as well, so there is no right or wrong and if you hail from that arena I can tell you categorically you are totally a wet blanket and dead wrong! In such a world murder and any malicious act is fine and all that matters is who gets the advantage over someone else say like the way the CCP in China function where they as of 2014 had exterminated 1.2 million Tibetans, and so my point is morality counts above most things on earth and there is a reason it does, and was meant to be such!! It is not meant to be the opposite of rule by the toughest and wickedest or only the most vicious bloodthirsty can prevail with brute force and cunning! I have even experienced supernatural events that proved to me 100% that there is absolutely way more than meets our puny minute vision and comprehension! Oh and yes, there is diabolical evil it exists, and is a force that one way or another we will all grapple with to some degree in our own short lifetimes, or in the least when each of us dies and our immortal souls are then presented with the absolute truth; then each soul will see the basic truth and finds whether it has been in alignment with the inner light of God or instead the opposing force of darkness and evil. Which I have to tell you or anyone interested you don’t want to be on that side of the ultimate judgment equation, because the agony of what awaits such souls is far too difficult to fully comprehend in this present state of being; but, it is real and eternally final for such souls!

I would only tell you no matter where you stand in all of this you owe it to yourself not to cut yourself off from the life giving source, that which is all encompassing and made all things. Your point is based on the finite particle physics world, and what I’m talking about is far beyond mere matter and energy extrapolations! You’ve seriously put yourself at a great disadvantage speaking about the spiritual in this limited finite closed system of terms! For now I can assure you there is far more to existence than meets the eye or what any equations arrive at as conclusions, all basically missing the bigger part of the picture, and therefore; not knowing enough to say there is no evil. This all takes many years of delving into multiple disciplines to break it down deductively; and or experiencing events beyond the ordinary to have any valid concise conclusion of science and beyond it; unless of course you’re happy with your limiting process, then you get what you pay for or pay for what you did when your time comes to face the music! The choice of course is and must be your own, but, I have made my mind up long ago and nothing in this world or anywhere else can alter my perception or understanding in a negative way! I’m all set!

I want to provide a bit more for you to consider what I’m saying about evil, and how real it is or how it manifests in human beings intellectually and physically; by reading these two previous essays and then I hope you will begin to understand my accurate perceptions that provide enough of a solid footing to say I have the best possible answer to our human dilemma or condition!

I must warn you I only offer this outpouring to you as a conscientious solid faithful believer in God Almighty, and I absolutely do not believe in arguing with set non-believers who have drawn what they believe is their proper conclusion based on nothing but rebelliousness, and I have to say darkness! I do this for your benefit not mine; I am all set, thank you!

In any event I hope this long comment has some positive effect for anyone who is reading this fine posting and considering or reassessing what they do with their spare time and what forthright personal investment they are making in this life that would be considered honorable and noble before a man like Marcus Aurelius if he were here; and more importantly before God!
God bless you.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III


For a Roman emperor and the most powerful man in the world, Marcus Aurelius lived a notably uncomfortable life. Choosing a life of stoicism rather than comfort, Aurelius shirked the luxuries that his high status provided him. He slept in a simple cot with an animal skin rather than a comfortable bed. He worked incessantly, never foregoing his imperial duties even while on holiday. Even during his later years, Aurelius never relaxed his commitment to duty. During the latter two decades of his 58 year life, Aurelius spent the majority of his time cold and hungry, huddled with his men at a military encampment in the lands surrounding the Danube River. Here the hardened philosopher-king and his legions drove back barbarian incursions from Roman lands, maintaining imperial borders at a high cost to himself and his men.

Though the dedication he showed toward his royal duties was unmatched, perhaps the…

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