From the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom. The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (AD 121-180) embodied in his person that deeply cherished ideal figure of antiquity, the philosopher-king. Meditations is a series of philosophical notes which was written by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius sometime in the 2nd century A.D. This is by no means a cohesive or flowing work – the book almost reads like a personal blog. There are arguments put forth in the book which really made me sit up, think and take notice; and rethink my life in more ways than one. Definitely a great read for anyone interested in philosophy (and by philosophy I mean practically analyzing people and life) and open to new ideas about living life. An ancient work of spiritual reflection from the Roman emperor, which remains a powerful reminder of how we could live a more dignified life by avoiding deceit, vanity and greed.
Marcus Aurelius reigned from 161 AD to 180 AD- perhaps the only true philosopher- king in the history of the world. The Grog Shop is offering a real treat for area reggae lovers: a concert by one of the veteran Jamaican vocal groups, the Meditations. The threesome — Danny Clarke, Ansel Cridland, and Winston Watson — assembled in 1974 and sang on records by artists like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Gregory Isaacs. They haven’t done any recording on their own recently but as reggae pioneers, they’re a living piece of history. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. This book has also been greatly recommended for leaders and statesmen (Marcus Aurelius was Caesar, after all!).
The Gregory Hays translation, however, is the newest in a generation and much more readable than others I tried.
In his MEDITATIONS, a series of notes to himself, he formulated his pantheist Stoic beliefs with a passionate religious conviction. Bob Marley was so pleased with their harmony that he went in search for the group to do more back up vocals for him.

There are easily times that you can just read one line and simply think for a good half an hour about it. He also gives an excellent (if a tad long) introduction to the times and Marcus’ life to put the book into context.
MAGAZINE - HOT STARS SUPPLEMENT Meditations is unaffected by time and offers plenty of wisdom.
It is said by many that a€?The Meditation is Bob Marleya€™s favorite group,a€? which led to Bob requesting harmony and background vocals on songs like Rastaman Live Up and Blackman Redemption.
My motherHer reverence for the divine, her generosity, her inability not only to do wrong but even to conceive of doing it. The book (never intended for publication) is written as a series of notes by Marcus to himself. It shows how he struggles with himself to avoid and conquer excessive desires, anger, impatience, pride and laziness – problems that I (and many others, I presume) have had to deal with. They often appear to be responses to the stress of supreme power, from the imminent fear of death in battle, to the trials of everyday life.
The Meditations harmonic vocals can be heard on some of your favorite track such as, Bongo Man Youths Them A Cry by Jimmy Cliffs, Mr. He writes observations, gives himself advice, debates with himself, records insightful observations by others, admonishes and motivates himself.
My great-grandfatherTo avoid the public schools, to hire good private teachers, and to accept the resulting costs as money well-spent.5. My first teacherNot to support this side or that in chariot-racing, this fighter or that in the games. In fresh and unencumbered English, Hays vividly conveys the spareness and compression of the original Greek text.
Not to be taken in by conjurors and hoodoo artists with their talk about incantations and exorcism and all the rest of it. RusticusThe recognition that I needed to train and discipline my character.Not to be sidetracked by my interest in rhetoric. Not to write treatises on abstract questions, or deliver moralizing little sermons, or compose imaginary descriptions of The Simple Life or The Man Who Lives Only for Others.

ApolloniusIndependence and unvarying reliability, and to pay attention to nothing, no matter how fleetingly, except the logos. And to be the same in all circumstances-intense pain, the loss of a child, chronic illness. And to see clearly, from his example, that a man can show both strength and flexibility.His patience in teaching.
The literary critic AlexanderNot to be constantly correcting people, and in particular not to jump on them whenever they make an error of usage or a grammatical mistake or mispronounce something, but just answer their question or add another example, or debate the issue itself (not their phrasing), or make some other contribution to the discussion-and casually insert the correct expression.11. Alexander the PlatonistNot to be constantly telling people (or writing them) that I'm too busy, unless I really am. Not expecting his friends to keep him entertained at dinner or to travel with him (unless they wanted to). And anyone who had to stay behind to take care of something always found him the same when he returned.His searching questions at meetings. Always sober, always steady, and never vulgar or a prey to fads.The way he handled the material comforts that fortune had supplied him in such abundance-without arrogance and without apology. Everything was to be approached logically and with due consideration, in a calm and orderly fashion but decisively, and with no loose ends.You could have said of him (as they say of Socrates) that he knew how to enjoy and abstain from things that most people find it hard to abstain from and all too easy to enjoy.
The GodsThat I had good grandparents, a good mother and father, a good sister, good teachers, good servants, relatives, friends-almost without exception.
And that I never lost control of myself with any of them, although I had it in me to do that, and I might have, easily. But thanks to the gods, I was never put in that position, and so escaped the test.That I wasn't raised by my grandfather's girlfriend for longer than I was.

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