Not All Those Who Wander

“You’ve wandered all over and finally realized that you never found what you were after: how to live. Not in syllogisms, not in money, or fame, or self-indulgence. Nowhere.”

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

You don’t fill the void by fleeing from it or by compensating with externals.

You don’t fill the void by trying to understand it or even trying to fill it.

According to the Stoics, we satisfy it simply by living our life as nature demands. And by, while doing so, being good, being true to ourselves, focusing on the moment, not wasting a second wishing anything was otherwise or caring what other people think of us.

We just live, as well as we can.

Painting: “Marcus Aurelius Distributing Bread to the People” by Joseph-Marie Vien