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We spend a lot of our own unclassifiable lives categorizing the lives of others even though all human lives are too diverse and full of contradiction to neatly fit into the categories in which we strive to control the chaos of life.
The failure to lump complexity into a single category or to brand others with our labels may be a sign of kindness.
Marcus Aurelius repeatedly discusses kindness and the importance of extending it to everyone equally at all times in his timeless Meditations (public library), notes on the life he had written largely to himself while learning how to live more virtuously in an uncertain world that blindsides us with both its beauty and its brutality.
Even at their cruelest, which is their most irrational, human beings are endowed with reason and dignity they can retain.
We should bear in mind constantly that death comes to men of all kinds, men with varied occupations and various ethnicities. We too will inevitably end up where so many (of our heroes) have gone. Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Socrates, brilliant intellectuals, high-minded men, hard workers, men of ingenuity, self-confident men, men who mocked the very transience and impermanence of human life, men long dead and buried.
Only one thing is important: to behave throughout our life toward the liars and crooks around us with kindness, honesty, and justice.
The key to kindness, as Marcus Aurelius observed is keeping “the purity, lucidity, moderation, and justice of our mind” from being sullied by the actions of those we encounter, no matter how disagreeable and discomposed by unreason they may be.
Try living the life of a good man and see how it too suits you — a man who’s gratified by the lot he’s been assigned by the universe and satisfied with the justice of his acts and the kindness of his character.
You will live a good life if you complete every task at hand by acting assiduously, resolutely, and with kindness following the right reason; if, rather than becoming sidetracked by unimportant matters, you maintain your guardian spirit untarnished and steady; if you engage in the task without expectations or evasions, but satisfied your current performance as per nature, and if what you say and express is said with true Roman honesty. Nobody can prevent you from doing so, either!
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