On the length of one’s life

Man thou has been a citizen in this great state; what difference does it make to thee whether for five years or for three? For that which is conformable to the laws is just for all. Where is the hardship then, if no tyrant, not yet an unjust judge sends thee away from the state, but nature, who brought thee into it? The same is as if a praetor who has employed an actor dismisses him from the stage… “But I have not finished the five acts, but only three of them”… Thou sayest well, but in life the three acts are the whole drama, for what shall be a complete drama is determined by him who was once the cause of its composition, and now of its dissolution; but thou art the cause of neither. Depart then satisfied, for he also who releases thee is satisfied.

The Meditations of Emporor Marcus Aurelius

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

4 thoughts on “On the length of one’s life

  1. john zande says:

    It’s a pleasure to read the thoughts of a clearly quite brilliant mind operating a long, long, long time before the trappings of modern life made us lazy. Thanks for posting this. You’re a man of true taste!


  2. moonshinestill says:

    Is this the main biblical passage that prohibits suicide? I often wondered where that came from. I can see why suicide has to be prevented by the religion. After all, if we truly believed in heaven, we would want to get there as fast as possible. That would rather backfire on the priests. No tithes from the dead.


    • makagutu says:

      I doubt it since Marcus Aurelius wasn’t particularly fond of his christians in his time.
      The christians should tell us whence they got their idea that suicide is wrong unless as you correctly observe it has to do with tithe


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