Read Well with the Icky Guys: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, a Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher, in which he reflects on his own personal philosophy and the Stoic philosophy that he follows. The book is divided into 12 books, each of which contains a collection of short, numbered passages in which Aurelius muses on a variety of topics such as self-discipline, reason, the nature of the universe, and the concept of death.
Throughout the book, Aurelius emphasizes the importance of living in accordance with nature and accepting the things that one cannot change. He also stresses the importance of virtue, wisdom, and self-control, and encourages the reader to focus on the present moment and to cultivate a sense of gratitude for the things that one has. One of the central themes of the book is the idea that true wisdom comes from understanding that the only things that are truly in our control are our own thoughts and actions, and that we should strive to maintain a clear and rational mind in the face of adversity. Aurelius also reflects on the fleeting nature of life and the importance of living in a way that is true to one's own values and principles. He encourages the reader to live a simple and virtuous life, and to seek wisdom and understanding over wealth and power. Meditations is a powerful and thought-provoking book that offers valuable insights into the Stoic philosophy and the importance of living a virtuous and meaningful life.
I think everyone can benefit from reading this book as it is a short read, great for the students with little time and motivation, but has a lot of wisdom in it. It aims to show the beauty of life and appreciating the little things. It changes your perspective and challenges you to think in different ways and I think in general the world could benefit from a bit more stoicism. It’s a great way to deepen yourself further and get a more holistic view of the world. As someone who doesn’t read a lot, I thought this was also an easy read so if you enjoy reading and do it often, then you can finish this book within a day or two so no reason to not give it a try!