Wisdom is Justice

On the verge of dying and still weighed down, still turbulent, still convinced external things can harm you, still rude to other people, still not acknowledging the truth: that wisdom is justice.” – Marcus Aurelius

To those who hold a grudge against another or who judge any externality for that matter, know this: wisdom is justice. Judgment is purposeless, for in thought, word and action, men judge themselves.

Let not men who have divorced themselves from truth weigh down your heart, for in this misaligned state (where inner reality and outer will do not correspond) they have rendered themselves impotent and in need of reconcilement and not further injury.

Look instead to allow compassion to lift your spirits and guide your conduct.

8 thoughts on “Wisdom is Justice

  1. Carol

    Lately, I’ve been thinking about some of the judgments held by the mass population in the past – the evil Russians, the condemnation of anyone who might be a Communist with the McCarthy era, the attitudes held towards people of color. They all seemed to be big, insurmountable issues, and then they just seemed to evaporate. The Berlin Wall came down, the McCarthy era went up in a puff of smoke and we now have a black President. Those who didn’t get swept up in judgment were able to help affect those changes. I see the importance of letting compassion guide my conduct and sure know when it does not. I also see how important it is to fully support those who are handling things in a true and noble way.


  2. Joshua

    Compassion, inspires rest, in that calmness, one’s vision becomes clear, with respect to the need. “Father, forgive them (him or her) for they know not what they do.”
    With such an approach, we can bring the need to the ailing one, that they might rise out of their self-created misery.


  3. Steve V

    I am thankful to feel the spirit of your words. Your words are cleansing words that fill my heart with calmness and my mind with clarity. Is it assuring to acknowledge the eternal and timeless comforting truth. Something we can always come to rest in as we extend its compassion and mercy.


  4. Ricardo B.

    That’s so true, as the way I see it is that there has to be a better example present in an unstable situation to give a chance for a mend. You don’t give an ailing man poison – you give him medicine.


  5. Joy

    If we truly comprehended and believed the well known saying in Matthew 7:2 “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again”. We would surely in enlightened self-interest not judge,


  6. Lady Leo

    I’ve come to realize compassion in this instance is the only reasonable reaction. When a person cuts themselves off from their inner reality, what can be worse? People then pay the highest price possible. That indiscretion is unpardonable and has its own natural consequences, like a branch cut off a tree. Since the affront is to the creator it is between them.


  7. Carmen

    When we can break free of the shackles of this world, we shall naturally float like a iridescent bubble toward the light which is God.


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