Reflections, Stoic advise

Self-tyranny


I assume that most people live in this way, most of us I think live as Venezuela, our egos, our great egos function as the ruler of our being and mandates its desires. Self tyranny is an interesting concept. I was reading Jordan B. Peterson 12 rules for life the other day and got hooked with this finding. We care more for our dogs and for others than for ourselves. A study was done measuring what happens when a dog or a person gets sick.

When a person gets sick, just as the dog we take medication to get better. Science and doctors agree that it is best to take the medicine at some specific and constant cyclyc hours. The study found that when a dog or a pet was sick, the medicine time was fairly better respected than when the human got sick and basically took it whenever he or she wanted.

Why is this? Why do we care more for our pets than for ourselves? Jordan Peterson argues that we know ourselves to well, we know every misbehavior, every imperfection, just everything. So, we feel as if we need to rule over ourselves, rule over this creature that does everything against us and so we use self-tyrany to act in the world.

But, as we very well know, tyrannies don’t work, people become resentful and seek vengeance, could it be that the same thing happens within us?

I believe it does. We care more for what others think than from what we think. This causes alot of anxiety, we seek approval everywhere but inside. Because we don’t really care about the person that is inside. I can say sometimes I ask to much to myself and don’t stop and wonder how do I really feel about everything. What is the truth, who’s truth am I following, why do I get mad or sad when someone does not approve of me?

We care more about others, even our pets, than we care about us.

Following this line of thought, now I get it, is what J. Peterson is trying to say when he says to treat yourself as somebody you are responsible to. In other words treat yourself as if you were someone you cared about.

This way of thinking seeds a new relationship don’t you think?

It’s like the revolution that promises freedom as a new leader has emerged, a leader thar cares and therefore leads more effectively, cause trust and symphaty is regained.

Tyranny is fragile, the ego of the tyrant is way to big, way to heavy even to move, maybe that is why people get tired all the time, because of that heavy load of ego that need to be carried around and protected from imagined attacks all the time.

But letting that go, sets us free.

 

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