Avoiding the Rabbit Hole
Marcus Aurelius wrote private notes to himself on his life’s philosophy in Meditations. See his advice below on making decisions:
[Before making a decision] The first thing to do – don't get worked up. For everything happens according to the nature of all things, and in a short time you'll be nobody and nowhere even as the great emperors Hadrian and Augustus are now. The next thing to do – consider carefully the task at hand for what it is, while remembering that your purpose is to be a good human being. Get straight to doing what nature requires of you, and speak as you see most just and fitting – with kindness, modesty, and sincerity.
— VIII. 5: 162
It seems to be a call for reflection. I’ve always looked at my decisions in two ways: in the context of the moment, and again while placing myself in the mindset I had before entering the situation. Comparing the two potential decisions gives perspective and allows for refe…
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