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Philosophy Of Death According To Marcus Aurelius

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Marcus Aurelius' book Meditations gives a clear and concise view of what death is and how man should cope with it. There are many factors that Marcus must take into account when he is pondering about death. There is death on a physical plane of existence and there is death on a supernatural plane of existence. How man is related to both of these concepts can differ drastically but both are equally important concepts in man's view of death. The way that man approaches death and how he should view it in life are other factors that also play an important role in Marcus' philosophy of death.

On the physical plane, Marcus is straightforward in the way that he speaks of death. He does not try to soften the image of death with flowery imagery or try to hide what actually occurs. Marcus describes a man's body as "prey of worms" (2:17). We are nothing more than atoms that are going to be dispersed when we die (6:27). These terms used to describe death are quite harsh. They are harsh because present corpses are treated with such admiration and grace. They are put into wonderfully carved coffins with silk pillows and expensive wood, and are dressed in the finest of clothing. Believing that the only thing that will happen to them and their beautiful resting place is decomposition seems exceedingly callous. Marcus knows that it is undeniable that corpses behave in this way so there is no use refuting that it occurs. Marcus believes that man should not try to hide what happens to people when they die. When people try to hide the truth the truth becomes fearful.

Most people view death as an evil force set out against all of humanity. In fact, in our present culture, the personification of death, the grim reaper, is one of the darkest characters in modern folklore. He is dressed in a cloak that stretches from head to toe and he carries sickle with him wherever he goes. Probably the most fearful aspect of death is his bone hand that takes the life of anyone he chooses. This supernatural creature is a great example of how man views death in our society. Marcus believes in an idea that contrasts completely with the present view of death. Marcus knows that death overcomes anything that lives. All of the greatest leaders, even those who seem like they will never die, will, in the end, lose their lives. To believe otherwise is irrational. Nature dictates that all things that live must die. Marcus believes that if anything occurs naturally in...

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