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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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If, Rudyard Kipling


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IF
If you can keep your head when all about you,
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling
Stoicism in the face of adversity,
I was thinking about commentating this deep and touching poem, but deemed it completely unnecessary.
Not much can I say that he did not already wrote beautifully.  I’ll just leave you to reflect on it.

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