My question is about passages 20 and 24 in Book 7.

Passage 20 is rendered, at least in my book like this:

One thing only troubles me, that I may not myself do something which the constitution of man does not intend, or in the way it does not intend, or which at this moment it does not intend.

Regarding this passage, my question is, the double negative is some sort of translation quirk that I am not fully understanding, correct? What is meant is something along the lines of, "I am only troubled by not conforming to the constitution of man".

Is this the correct interpretation of Passage 20, Book 7?

Regarding passage 24, I do not understand the last part. The last part is.

For if even the consciousness of doing wrong has gone, what ground for living is left?

What does Marcus Aurelius mean by this? Is it something to the effect of "we might as well just die if we're not able to realize when we do wrong" ( presumably realize we are doing wrong in order to correct ourselves )

Thank you!


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