"Whatever Happens At All Happens As It Should"

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Last Updated on September 23, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 154

Context: The Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic philosopher, expresses philosophical thoughts in proverb form in his Meditations. He reasons that everything in the world happens justly, not only as a result of inevitable consequences, but according to the just deserts of the individual. In the translation of Casaubon the passage...

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Context: The Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic philosopher, expresses philosophical thoughts in proverb form in his Meditations. He reasons that everything in the world happens justly, not only as a result of inevitable consequences, but according to the just deserts of the individual. In the translation of Casaubon the passage reads

Whatsoever doth happen in the world, doth happen justly, and so if thou dost well take heed, thou shalt find it. I say not only in right order by a series of inevitable consequences, but according to justice and as it were by way of equal distribution, according to the true worth of everything. Continue then to take notice of it, as thou hast begun, and whatsoever thou dost, do it not without this proviso, that it be a thing of that nature that a good man (as the word good is properly taken) may do it. This observe carefully in every action.

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