The Philosophy Of Stoicism | A Stoic Analogy Of Life By Marcus Aurelius

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Marcus Aurelius once said,

“Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too.”

This stoic analogy is a useful one to consider when going through the inevitable vicissitudes of life. The events that occur in our lives and arise in time are transient. Each event flowing down the river.

Stoicism invites us to consider a different outlook when we are tasked with overcoming negativity in life. The stoic approach is to accept each and every event entirely and to simply change or perceptions about them.


This change in perception in some instances is all that we have, we must constantly exercise this human endowment.

Time is like a river which ends with a waterfall. The waterfall is symbolic of our deaths. The stoic comes to term with his death long before it happens. He see’s no point in worrying about that which is not within his power, he understand that wisdom lies in completely accepting the fate of the human condition.

Time is a river that moves only in one direction, forward. The stoic learns to enjoy the ride of life, she enjoys the happy days but does not cling onto them. Fundamentally she understands that good days just like bad days are borrowed, they will not last because the nature of life is change ‘transience’.

The Stoic makes loves to the present moment, nothing besides it could ever be sweeter. The past is an illusion its events being shadows that have been warped by the mind, the future is a mystery not worth entertaining. The present is all that is real to the stoic, the present is indeed a present, life the greatest gift.

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