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Aurelius, Marcus - Meditations - The universe as one living creature



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Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

Think always of the universe as one living creature, comprising one substance and one soul; how all is absorbed into this one consciousness; how a single impulse governs all its actions; how all things collaborate in all that happens; the very web and mesh of it.

 One light of the sun, even though its path is broken by walls, mountains, innumerable other obstacles.  One common substance, even though it is broken up into innumerable forms of individual bodies.  One animate soul, even though it is broken up into innumerable species with specific individualities.  One intelligent soul, even though it appears divided.  Now in all the above the other parts – such as mere breath, or that material which is insensate – have no direct affinity to each other; yet even here a link is formed by a sort of unity and the gravitation of like to like.  But the mind has this unique property; it reaches out to others of its own kind and joins with them, so the feeling of fellowship is not broken.

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