From Marcus Aurelius
“19. Every thing, be it a horse, be it a vine, has come into being for some end. Why wonder? Helios himself will say: I exist to do some work; and so of all the other Gods. For what then dost thou exist? For pleasure? Surely it is unthinkable.”
Excerpt From: Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius. “Meditations.” Book # VIII, #19
Marcus Aurelius (Loeb Classical Library) Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)
Everything is here for a purpose, from horses to vine shoots. What’s surprising about that? Even thew sun will tell you, “I have a purpose,” and the other gods as well. And why were you born? For pleasure? See if that answer will stand up to questioning.