Marcus Aurelius was a philosopher, a stoic who believed in translating thought into practical action. When he became Emperor of Rome in the second century A.D. he wanted all of Rome to embrace philosophical ethics. Instead, Rome came under attack from many sides, and Emperor Aurelius was forced to give his full attention to making war on his enemies.
In a recent post I stated that Capitalism isn't evil, whereupon it was put to me that I was wrong and that Capitalism is evil, not only by one but by several individuals. To prove their points they quoted formal definitions, and profound statements made by others, which quite frankly seemed rather narrow minded. The sort of thinking that comes from the indoctrinated mind of a fundamental extremist. The kind of binary processing one gets from a programed machine and not that of an evolved self aware individual.