Marcus Aurelius: How to Think Clearly Want to sound like a leader? 2 months ago   09:30

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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius


At 17, Marcus Aurelius was adopted. It made him heir to the throne of Rome.

Born into a wealthy family, Aurelius was primarily raised in the household of his grandfather. Both his parents passed away relatively early in his life.

From the start, his defining characteristic was his pursuit of knowledge. He was drawn to philosophy, and he was particularly interested in Stoicism — a subset based on the notion that behaviors, not thoughts or words, should define virtue.

According to legend, the old Emperor Hadrian took notice of him after a brush with death, and impressed with a young Aurelius, Hadrian adopted him into his line of succession.

Aurelius upheld his duty to the state for over 20 years, through the death of Hadrian and throughout the rule of Antoninus Pius, until the day he became the Emperor of Rome.



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I'm not completely sure you're qualified to infect people's minds with this particular form of philosophy. I somewhat agree with you for the most part. but however what you're speaking about seems like an insult my intelligence. Probably just me I don't seem to fit within normality. If you think you can wake them up with this approach go for gold brother we need all the help we can get.
Myles Hamann
Practice at what? This video couldn't be more vague.
Myles Hamann
Ego is the thing that wants us to believe what coincides with what we already believe.
Are you not entertained!
renan brayner
when i want to think clearly i just think in english (its not my mother language)
Joško Bačić
michael cain i literally heard u say my cocaine
Anthony Roberts
We don't need the irritating BACKGROUND noise.
Just talk!
shafie Dia
Don't think.feel.hhhhh
Narrator sounds like Caesar in Life of Brian. "Fhrow him to the fwoor!"
Brian Jett
Take a look at the world and see the unhappiness around you and in you. Do you know what causes this unhappiness? You will probably say loneliness or oppression or war or hatred or atheism. And you will be wrong. There is only one cause of unhappiness. The false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them. Because of these false beliefs you see he world and yourself in a distorted way. Your programming is so strong and the pressure of society so intense that you are literally trapped into perceiving the world in this distorted kind of way. There is no way out, (or you initially think) because you do not even have a suspicion that your perception is distorted, your thinking is wrong, and your beliefs are false. Look around and see if you can find a single genuinely happy person - fearless, free from insecurities, anxieties, tensions, worries. You would be lucky if you found one in a hundred thousand. This should lead you to be suspicious of the programming and the beliefs that you and they hold in common. But you have also been programmed not to suspect, not to doubt, just to trust the assumptions that have been put into you by your tradition, your culture, your society, your religion. And if you are not happy, you have been trained to blame yourself, not your programming, not your cultural and inherited ideas and beliefs. What makes it even worse is the fact that most people are so brainwashed that they do not even realize how unhappy they are like the man in a dream who has no idea he is dreaming. What are these false beliefs that block you from happiness? Here’s one example: 1. You cannot be happy without the things that you are attached to and that you consider so precious. FALSE. There is not a single moment in your life when you do not have everything that you need to be happy. Think of that for a minute. The reason why you are unhappy is because you are focussing on what you do not have rather than on what you have right now. Another belief: Happiness is in the future. As soon as syndrome. Not true. Right here and now you are happy and you do not know it because your false beliefs and your distorted perceptions have got you caught up in fears, anxieties, attachments, conflicts, guilt and a host of games that you are programmed to play. If you would see through this you realize that you are happy and do not know it. 2. Yet another belief: Happiness will come if you manage to change the situation you are in and the people around you. Not true. You stupidly squander so much energy trying to rearrange the world. If changing the world is your vocation in life, go right ahead and change it, but do not harbor the illusion that this is going to make you happy. What makes you happy or unhappy is not the world and the people around you, but the thinking in your head. You might as well search for an eagle's nest on the bed of an ocean, as search for happiness in the world outside of you. So if it is happiness that you seek you can stop wasting your energy trying to cure your baldness or build up an attractive body or change your residence or job or community or lifestyle or even your personality. Do you realize that you could change every one of these things, you could have the finest looks and the most charming personality and the most pleasant of surroundings and still be unhappy? And deep down you know this is true but still you waste your effort and energy trying to get what you know cannot make you happy. 3. Another false belief: If all your desires are fulfilled you will be happy. Not true. In fact it is these very desires and attachments that make you tense, frustrated, nervous, insecure, and fearful. Make a list of all your attachments and desires and to each of them say these words: "Deep down in my heart I know that even after I have got you I will not get happiness." And ponder on the truth of those words. The fulfillment of desire can, at the most, bring flashes of pleasure and excitement. Don't mistake that for happiness. What then is happiness? Very few people know and no one can tell you, because happiness cannot be described. Can you describe light to people who have been siting in darkness all their lives? Can you describe reality to someone in a dream? Understand your darkness and it will vanish; then you will know what light is. Understand your nightmare for what it is and it will stop; then you will wake up to reality. Understand your false beliefs and they will drop; then you will know the taste of happiness. If people want happiness so badly, why don't they attempt to understand their false beliefs? First, because it never occurs to them to see them as false or even as beliefs. They see them as facts and reality, so deeply have they been programmed. Second, because they are scared to lose the only world they know: the world of desires, attachments, fears, social pressures, tensions, ambitions, worries, guilt, with flashes of the pleasure and relief and excitement which these things bring. Think of someone who is afraid to let go of a nightmare because, after all, that is the only world he or she knows. There you have a picture of yourself and of other people.
Thank god Maximus revenge him
Chis T
at 04.31 harness objectivity. He shows a very subjective globe that is set with europe and america in view and at the top. ironic.
Pineapple X
it's a shame that for all his 'view the world as it is' philosophy, he didn't see his son as he truly was.
Bruno Bedeschi
I was thinking of somethign else while watching this...
besides, my brain normally turns off as soon as somethign tells me "listen, this is important...(follows the story)".
Andy Hay.
Buddhism. Live in the moment. See it.
Ancient Greek Philosophy taught in a way a school pupil could understand is perhaps, along with ethics and aethetics the most important subject not taught in most schools. Greek philosophy sets the foundation for acquiring true lasting happiness in life.
Motivation G
Am a stoic.
Richard Spikman
Please say "Bigus Dickus"
Kalil Alokira
Listened to this while doing something else and now I feel dirty.
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