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Aurelius talks about happiness, and one can achieve it. He says, “If you can embrace this without fear or expectation—can find fulfillment in what you’re doing now, as Nature intended, and in superhuman truthfulness (every word, every utterance)—then your life will be happy.”4This is important to Aurelius; he tells us happiness can be achieved when one does something fearlessly and to the best of one’s ability. Happiness occurs when someone simply does without 2 Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 28.3 Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 32.4 Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 33.
3thinking or forethought of fear, not only that but, by doing something the right way, by playing by the rules as Nature intended. Aurelius brings up, logos, very often when discussing a variety of things. Initially, logos is brought up when Aurelius discusses authority, law, origin, and so on. His philosophy of life continuously refers to this one word, logos. Ultimately it is the origin, reason for laws and morals. I think logos is the main source for everything, God and Nature. God and Nature establish the unalienable rights people have, the ability to understand right from wrong, to be able to think and control one’s thoughts—it is the main part of the mystery behind the word, logos. Antoninus was a great figure, a hero, and role model, the perfect human according to Marcus Aurelius. Aurelius says, “Take Antoninus as your model, always.”5Aurelius goes on to explain how Antoninus had such great power over himself and had complete control of his actions, reactions, and thoughts. He describes him as humble, eager to learn, calm, gentle, understanding. He said he was a deep thinker and thoroughly thought out everything before making a decision. He never got upset and was never distracted because he didn’t let others get in his way and he could control his emotions. Aurelius explains that this type of human should befollowed, and his ways should be replicated for a happy life. According to Aurelius, stoicism andself-mastery is the best life one can live. In contrast, Augustine believes the best kind of life is a life that involves a relationship with God. The best life can be lived by knowing Him and what He did for us. Augustine also mentions that it’s not just the relationship with God that makes it the best kind of life to live. The 5 Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 75.
4spiritual struggle one experiences on their way to having a relationship with God is also what makes it the best kind of life someone can live.