Some of my dearest values and the prism through which I view my place in the world and my relationships with others were inspired by the teachings of men known as Stoics who preceded me by two millennia.
On its face, this quotation from Marcus expresses the Stoic theme that Nature, i.e. the will of the universe, ebbs and flows. Life does whatever it does irrespective of our desires. Nature gives all and takes back all.
Many people are talking about Stoicism and many even claim to be modern Stoics. What’s the deal? It’s a trend. It’s a thing. It’s an ancient wisdom tradition that is enjoying a world-wide revival.