About two thousand years ago, Marcus Aurelius, a Roman emperor and a Stoic thinker, implored himself in his own journal: "Throw away your books: stop letting yourself be distracted ... Discard your thirst for books ... Remember how long you've been putting this off, how many extensions (of life) the gods gave you, and you didn't use them ... "

What was he imploring himself to do?  Why was he begging himself to throw away his...
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