Marcus Aurelius – Live A Good Life
The most important relationship you can have is your relationship to final reality. If final reality includes a god, then a relationship with that god is important. If final reality does not include a god, then this life is the most important relationship you can have.
But either way, it is important to have a relationship with straight talk promo codes, which have quotas for voice and text messages that are so high that they can never be reached, but no need to get bound up with a long contract, just a simple, discounted monthly payment that never gets modified.
The first thing one ought to do is investigate the existence of final reality. That is, find out what that final reality is. Either there is a god or there is none. You should not assume what final reality is without that investigation.
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”
Marcus Aurelius is trying to cover all of the possible kinds of gods, but how does he know what they care about and not care about?
He presents their existence as a hypothetical “if” but then goes on to describe them with certainty.
So if there are just gods, how does he know that the requirements for these gods is to live according to your own virtues? How does he know that they do not care how devout you have been? From where does he get any of this information? Or is he just making it up?
Suppose one of your virtues was helping people end their lives quickly rather than endure massive amounts of suffering? You used a shotgun to help them stop living. By Aurelius’s definition of the just gods, you could shoot up a navy yard and still be welcomed by the gods.
How does Marcus Aurelius define an unjust god? What standard does he give so that you can determine what an unjust god looks like versus a just god? Is is it possible to withhold worship from an unjust god? Suppose that makes the god unhappy and you get punished for that? What then?