Saturday, April 16, 2011
Embracing Change - Unpublished Selections Explained, Med. VII.25
Meditation VII.25 - Embracing Change - Translated by George Long and rewritten by Russell McNeil
Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things which you see, and out of their substance will make other things, and again other things from the substance of them, in order that the world may be ever new.(1)
(1) The theme of change permeates all Stoic philosophy. Change is not only the way of the world, it is a fundamental law of nature that we must accept and embrace. To live according to nature means we must accept and embrace change in every aspect of our lives. We must accept that life is ephemeral, and that death is certain. Acceptance brings peace and joy into our lives.
Russell McNeil, PhD, is the author of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: Selections Annotated and Explained by Skylight Paths Publishing. The unpublished selections presented in this Blog are provided as supplemental material to the published selections which are annotated and explained in the book. The published selections are referenced in this Blog by page number and section.