Marcus Aurelius did not appreciate the theatrics of some people. It turned him off so to speak so that when commenting about Christians he remarked that he did not appreciate their theatrics. Even though I am a Christian and a devout believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and King of the Universe I too do not appreciate or value the theatrics people display weather they are Christians or not. I believe it cheapens the message and individual so to speak therefore, let me elaborate.
In marketing today there is much dishonesty through “hype” or “theatrics” just to sell something. Furthermore, we hear expressions like “Oh My God”, people use terms like this for the “drama effect” or to present their “self righteous indignation”. So this “marketing” effect has made its way into everyday lives where comments are “Over the top”. We see their comments on social media; although entertaining, sometimes these people are really seeing their lives in this theatrical nightmare. Possibly to add some excitement to their already dull and boring existence or so they think? I am sure you have seen the drama kings and queens on display touting their self righteousness.
I believe sincere people like Stoics should refrain from these kinds of theatrics when communicating a serious message like the Christian or Stoic message. Sure, there is a time to be funny but the constant theatrical display of some people make me avoid them altogether.
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
― Marcus Aurelius
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