The sage, states both religion & philosophy, disdains worldly pleasures and honors.

But is it that the sage, having proven they can attain worldly pleasures and honors, is disdaining them? Or is it that the sage is really a schmuck turning up their nose at what they could never have in the first place?

I love Marcus Aurelius, really I do. But it’s easy to talk about how the emperor and the beggar arrive at the same end when you’re the one who gets to be emperor.