“But death and life, honor and dishonor, pain and pleasure—all these things, equally happen to good men and bad, being things which make us neither better nor worse. Therefore they are neither good nor evil.” —Marcus Aurelius
Although many Stoics are able to inspire me greatly, I think Marcus Aurelius is one of the most accessible for everyone. The Stoics handled the topic of death and loss at length and they even go so far as to say we should imagine our own death from time to time. Death is often seen as a heavy subject, mainly because many of us fear it and, probably most of all, it is an inevitable fact of life. It all must end sometime. Is death to be considered something evil, then? No, because as stated in the above quote it is something that happens to all of us, regardless of who we are, or what our history is. We all face death at one time or another and as such, it can’t be considered to be a thing of evil, nor a good thing. It simply is a fact of life we all have to accept. The truth is that this acceptance is the hardest thing and even when we lose someone dear to us, accepting death as a mere fact can be extremely hard. But I manage to find solace in the fact that we are allowed a short time to exist. It is what we make of our time that matters the most. Are we alive, or merely breathing?
Have a good one!