What is it, in and of itself?
What is its causal nature?”
– Marcus Aurelius
Meditations, book 8
Marcus Aurelius was emperor of Rome
from 161AD to his death in 180.
The Three Goals
The first goal is to see the thing in itself
in and for itself, to see it simply and clearly
for what it is.
No symbolism, please.
The second goal is to see each individual thing
as unified, as one, with all the other
ten thousand things.
In this regard, a little wine helps a lot.
The third goal is to grasp the first and the second goals,
to see the universal in the particular,
Regarding this one, call me when you get it.
– David Bubill
Moment to Moment: Poems of a Mountain Recluse
(Copper Canyon Press)