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A sound mind


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No man is able to borrow or buy a sound mind ;. in fact, as it seems to me, even though sound minds were for sale, they
would not find buyers. Depraved minds, however,
are bought and sold every day.  Seneca

What is a sound mind?

I was reading Seneca’s letters and this one in particular caught my attention.

“On the good which abides.”

At the beginning of the letter he first makes it clear that he does not want to correct Lucilious nor preach him about how he is supposed to live, for he himself is wondering the same thing as well.

That, right there, is a true teacher. Nobody can tell us what we have to do, we don’t have to do anything, and either way, every life is very different to follow the same path. I believe Seneca is here making Lucilious conscious of that. He’s doing a great job so far, but then he makes it even better.

He then starts talking about pleasures and their flettiness. True, pleasure is external and fleeting. Many times we do stuff that seems to be so good in the moment but regret stays with us far to long. Showing us that the pursuit of pleasure is not the best way to take if we ought to live cheerfully. How do we live cheerfully? Living by virtue.

Living with virtue is being in control, being the captain of the ship. Joy, springs from within, not from pleasure. That is the goal, no not goal, the process.

And it is a process. Remember when you were a child? We cried for candy, for potato chips, for our toys. Remember when you were a teenager? Cried for the girl or some other stuff.

A sound mind, is not easy attainable.

What is a sound mind exactly? I have a better answer now. A sound mind knows best from worse.

We have to work our whole lives, and fall and rise and fall and rise to get it and to realize that a life of virtue is what is best.

Because It is the best possible life we can get.

But nobody wants it. The pursuit of pleasure is ever more present in our society, we are constantly hitting dopamine on our cellphones, food and other cravings. The pursuit of philosophy and peace is rare. This is why Seneca said that if it were for sale, nobody would buy it.

Thanks for reading fellow stoic, happy to be with you in the everlasting attempt of achieving a sound mind.

 

 

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Stoic advice

Self-ownership


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Everyday I write, I find a stoic answer useful to me. I really do hope (even though hope is not stoic, ha) that you find something useful as I write this letters.
Have you ever felt yourself, as being your own man?

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What is that feeling like to you?
I believe it is amazing. It can be described as the ultimate freedom, completely non-dependant on anything. It’s a soul that is happy within itself and that prays for nothing more than for what it already has. A feeling of ease and security permeates the body and nothing external can make you want anything else but being your own man.
It’s easy to be your own man in your bedroom, or when you are alone, but what happens when we meet other people? Say, when we get to a bar and it’s full and we lost our friends? I can say I have felt anxiety in those situations. But why? Because we care to much about others and wish to feel secure in the crowd, unable to stand erect by ourselves.

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With self-ownership, we don’t need much company, we certainly can have it and enjoy it, but we don’t need it. Everytime we feel alone or anxious, we are asking for someone else or something (like our phone) for protection or entertainment. We do not feel ourselves to be good company, and that is why we are constantly searching everywhere but inside.
I once read that one of the characteristics of James Bond was that he is so comfortable in his own body, it hurts. This is an amazing ability, to be comfortable in any situation with the only person that is needed, ourselves. This is what “the answer is never outside” means.
This advice is priceless.

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance

The world is composed of individuals and everyone is looking for happiness, in his won unique way. Your way is unique to you, nobody can decide for you and you are not a child anymore.
There is a question though, should we just discard every opinion and live in a world alone in a cave, and be happy just with ourselves? Of course not.
We have to be first masters of ourselves so we can relate to others in more meaningful

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ways, with truth in our side. Every person that lives his truth, functions like a light that illuminates other persons. As we go through the world in this manner, we are illuminating more people into freedom.
Free from being affected form societies, parents or anyone else judgment. To be our masters must be our aim.
People need, wish hope for leaders. A leader is a person that owns himself and that can articulate what he wants, and I’m going to be a bit harsh here, but to tell the truth, nobody knows what they want. People just seek to be told what to do.
Don’t be that kind of person, find joy as a stoic within yourself and share it.
I will appropriate other man’s words, just as Seneca did.
This words are from Seneca, ha.

” Live among men as if God beheld you; speak with God as if men were listening ”
Seneca

Today on Valentine’s day, Love your partner. But do it from the right position, from your truth.

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