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Wise and stupid


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If you want to improve be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

Epictetus

Just yesterday I was working on something on my computer when I asked a friend how

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was I supposed to do something. My brother yelled: Jesus you are so stupid! haha! (classic brothers joke) but there it is, pretty simplified, what Epictetus warned about. To improve you have to be willing to be thought stupid.

What could I have done? Perhaps looked it up for myself? Maybe, but that is not the point I’m trying to make. If I had looked it up for myself because I thought that it would be faster, it would have been just fine. What is wrong here is the fear of looking stupid. That is what would have impeded me to improve and know something I did not knew before.

How many times in our lives have we negated ourselves the opportunity to learn something for fear of looking stupid?

Think about your life, have you ever had any situations similar to mine? Maybe in the classroom or in work as well.

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”

― Albert Camus

Easier said than done right?

Specially today, when we are being rewarded for approval the entire day. The more likes and follows you get, the better you will feel about yourself. But don’t you think that this is just a different version of the story I told you about me and my brother?

We are too concerned by how others look at us.

By caring too much about what others think of you, you are, maybe not consciously but definitely voluntarily, striping yourself first, from learning and second, from individuality and independence.

It’s funny how we popularly think about a wise man as someone very, well, wise. With lots of experience and wisdom. We like to imagine Gandalf and we like to imagine power as well.

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But here, in real life, a wise man is a person that has gone through a lot and therefore has a lot of experience. In fact a wise man has made a lot of mistakes but what differentiates a wise man from a foolish man is that he actually was willing to take the lesson from the mistakes he made.

That requires a learning mentality which is willing to be thought stupid and foolish.

Today, be willing to learn. Focus on the betterment of yourself and therefore society as a whole.

Besides this will free you, caring too much about what other people think is extremely mentally demanding. When you no longer care, you are free to be authentic and that feeling is just priceless.

Stoic answers aim is to provide answers for the deepest human questions, which sadly, are almost always never asked.

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Practicing Virtue


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“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus AureliusMeditations

 

Practicing virtue

It is not an easy business and it is, at the same time, the most necessary as well. The onlyray_charles_musician_author_soul_jazz_rhythm_and_blues_bw_98339_602x339 path to true and lasting peace and human fulfillment.

Freedom is one of its prices and as Epictetus said, it the only worthy goal.

Virtue is a hard thing to practice because it has to be practiced all the time, virtue needs to become not a part of who you are, but who you are. 

It’s very easy to read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and feel that rush of stoic proud feeling for thinking such high morales to exist.

But let us get a bit more real. What are some examples of virtue? Why is virtue important not in some but in any area of our lives?

Well, let’s think about it a bit. Suppose that you want to get married, or you want to find a fulfilling relationship. First, you have to find the courage to actually go and do something about it. Courage is needed everyday:

  • The courage to pursue your dreams
  • The courage to face your challenges (and be thrilled by them)
  • The courage to face everything ignoble.

 

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But what happens when you come into a situation

where practicing virtue is hard?

Virtue must be practiced when we feel insecure, when we feel inadequate, when we are facing loss and when we are happy and doing pretty good.

When we are in pain, it is hard to be virtuous. But it is in those times when we most need to practice. Also when we are doing real good, not getting to attached of something that can be lost. In the end, virtue is the sole good.

I truly believe that stoicism is the solution to many of yours as a person and ours as a society. Stoic answers aim is to provide answers for the deepest human questions, which sadly, are almost always never asked.

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