Monday, August 25, 2008
The Stoic Path: The Path is Green
Perhaps dear reader you might take a moment to read the following meditation of Marcus Aurelius:
Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the web and the interconnections in all of its parts.
What does this mean for you? Do you not feel amazed that our forebearers foresaw what we moderns thought was a modern idea? We are connected to each other, to each and every living thing, to each and every unliving thing. The universe is a living being. Is this not Gaia - universal Gaia? Is Stoicism not Green?
Should I spoon feed you more?
Russell McNeil, PhD, is the author of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: Selections Annotated and Explained by Skylight Paths Publishing.