How do you resist the pull of passive logic? With this little reminder from Marcus Aurelius.
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
It’s absolutely true. The future might be bad. We never know the unintended consequences of an action. But does this excuse us from doing the wrong thing now? No, it does not. We can handle what the future brings. If trouble knocks, it’ll find us home. Because, as we’ve said, we “have a heart for any fate.”
Seneca survived—expertly navigated, in fact— emperors before Nero. What was one more? He had the weapons to do the right thing, to bear the consequences that would have come from it. He just talked himself out of using them.
You’re well-armed. You got this.