Sunday, October 26, 2014

The happiness of true simplicity..............

IX.  Toys and fooleries at home, wars abroad:  sometimes terror, sometimes torpor, or stupid sloth:  this is daily slavery.  By little and little, if thou doest not better look to it, those sacred dogmata will be blotted out of thy mind.  How many things be there, which when as a mere naturalist, thou has barely considered of according to their nature, thou doest let pass without any further use?  Whereas thou shouldst in all things so join action and contemplation, that thou mightest both at the same time attend all present occasions, to perform everything duly and carefully, and yet so intend the contemplative part too, that no part of thatt delight and pleasure, which the contemplative knowledge of everything according to its true nature doth of itself afford, might be lost.  Or, that the true and contemn plative  knowledge of everything according to its own nature, might of itself, (action being subject to many lets and impediments) afford unto thee sufficient pleasure and happiness.  Not apparent indeed, but not concealed.  And when shalt thou attain to the happiness of true simplicity, and unaffected gravity?

-Marcus Aurelius,  Meditations

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