Marcus Aurelius was born 1899 years ago, on April 26, 121.
During the last 14 years of his life he faced one of the worst plagues in the history of Europe, the Antonine plague, which received his name. In the midst of this plague, Marcus Aurelius wrote his Meditations, the greatest classic of stoicism, where he records moral and psychological advice to himself. He often applies the stoic philosophy to the challenges of dealing with pain, illness, anxiety and loss.
Marcus Aurelius teaches us that fear does us more harm than the things we fear.