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Post by Adminkunlex on Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:30 pm

What is good life? What is happiness? What is
success? What is pleasure? How should I treat other
people? How should I cope with unfortunate events?
How can I get rid off unnecessary worry? How
should I handle liberty?
1. Examine life, engage life with vengeance; always
search for new pleasures and new destines to reach
with your mind. This rule isn’t new. It echoes the
verses of ancient Greek philosophers and most
notably those of Plato through the voice of his hero,
Socrates. Living life is about examining life through
reason, nature’s greatest gift to humanity. The
importance of reason in sensing and examining life is
evident in all phases of life– from the infant who
strains to explore its new surroundings to the
grandparent who actively reads and assesses the
headlines of the daily paper. Reason lets human
beings participate in life, to be human is to think,
appraise, and explore the world, discovering new
sources of material and spiritual pleasure
2. Worry only about the things that are in your
control, the things that can be influenced and
changed by your actions, not about the things that
are beyond your capacity to direct or alter. This rule
summarizes several important features of ancient
Stoic wisdom — features that remain powerfully
suggestive for modern times. Most notably the belief
in an ultimately rational order operating in the
universe reflecting a benign providence that ensures
proper outcomes in life. Thinkers such as Epictetus did
not simply prescribe “faith” as an abstract
philosophical principle; they offered a concrete
strategy based on intellectual and spiritual discipline.
The key to resisting the hardship and discord that
intrude upon every human life, is to cultivate a
certain attitude toward adversity based on the critical
distinction between those things we are able to
control versus those which are beyond our capacity
to manage. The misguided investor may not be able
to recover his fortune but he can resist the tendency
to engage in self-torment. The victims of a natural
disaster, a major illness or an accident may not be
able to recover and live their lives the way they used
to, but they too can save themselves the self-
torment. In other words, while we cannot control all
of the outcomes we seek in life, we certainly can
control our responses to these outcomes and herein
lies our potential for a life that is both happy and
fulfilled.
3. Treasure Friendship, the reciprocal attachment that
fills the need for affiliation. Friendship cannot be
acquired in the market place, but must be nurtured
and treasured in relations imbued with trust and
amity. According to Greek philosophy, one of the
defining characteristics of humanity that distinguishes
it from other forms of existence is a deeply engrained
social instinct, the need for association and affiliation
with others, a need for friendship. Socrates, Plato, and
Aristotle viewed the formation of society as a
reflection of the profound need for human affiliation
rather than simply a contractual arrangement
between otherwise detached individuals. Gods and
animals do not have this kind of need but for humans
it is an indispensable aspect of the life worth living
because one cannot speak of a completed human
identity, or of true happiness, without the associative
bonds called “friendship.” No amount of wealth,
status, or power can adequately compensate for a
life devoid of genuine friends.
4. Experience True Pleasure. Avoid shallow and
transient pleasures. Keep your life simple. Seek
calming pleasures that contribute to peace of mind.
True pleasure is disciplined and restrained. In its many
shapes and forms, pleasure is what every human
being is after. It is the chief good of life. Yet not all
pleasures are alike. Some pleasures are kinetic—
shallow, and transient, fading way as soon as the act
that creates the pleasure ends. Often they are
succeeded by a feeling of emptiness and
psychological pain and suffering. Other pleasures
arecatastematic—deep, and prolonged, and continue
even after the act that creates them ends; and it is
these pleasures that secure the well-lived life. That’s
the message of the Epicurean philosophers that have
been maligned and misunderstood for centuries,
particularly in the modern era where their theories of
the good life have been confused with doctrines
advocating gross hedonism.
5. Master Yourself. Resist any external force that
might delimit thought and action; stop deceiving
yourself, believing only what is personally useful and
convenient; complete liberty necessitates a struggle
within, a battle to subdue negative psychological and
spiritual forces that preclude a healthy existence; self
mastery requires ruthless cador. One of the more
concrete ties between ancient and modern times is
the idea that personal freedom is a highly desirable
state and one of life’s great blessings. Today, freedom
tends to be associated, above all, with political liberty.
Therefore, freedom is often perceived as a reward for
political struggle, measured in terms of one’s ability to
exercise individual “rights.”
The ancients argued long before Sigmund Freud and
the advent of modern psychology that the acquisition
of genuine freedom involved a dual battle. First, a
battle without, against any external force that might
delimit thought and action. Second, a battle within, a
struggle to subdue psychological and spiritual forces
that preclude a healthy self-reliance. The ancient
wisdom clearly recognized that humankind has an
infinite capacity for self-deception, to believe what is
personally useful and convenient at the expense of
truth and reality, all with catastrophic consequences.
Individual investors often deceive themselves by
holding on to shady stocks, believing what they want
to believe. They often end up blaming stock analysts
and stockbrokers when the truth of the matter is
they are the ones who eventually made the decision
to buy them in the first place. Students also deceive
themselves believing that they can pass a course
without studying, and end up blaming their professors
for their eventual failure. Patients also deceive
themselves that they can be cured with convenient
“alternative medicines,” which do not involve the
restrictive lifestyle of conventional methods.
6. Avoid Excess. Live life in harmony and balance.
Avoid excesses. Even good things, pursued or
attained without moderation, can become a source of
misery and suffering. This rule is echoed in the
writings of ancient Greek thinkers who viewed
moderation as nothing less than a solution to life’s
riddle. The idea of avoiding the many opportunities
for excess was a prime ingredient in a life properly
lived, as summarized in Solon’s prescription “Nothing
in Excess” (6th Century B.C.). The Greeks fully grasped
the high costs of passionate excess. They correctly
understood that when people violate the limits of a
reasonable mean, they pay penalties ranging from
countervailing frustrations to utter catastrophe. It is
for this reason that they prized ideals such as
measure, balance, harmony, and proportion as much
as they did, the parameters within which productive
living can proceed. If, however, excess is allowed to
destroy harmony and balance, then the life worth
living becomes impossible to obtain.
7. Be a Responsible Human Being. Approach yourself
with honesty and thoroughness; maintain a kind of
spiritual hygiene; stop the blame-shifting for your
errors and shortcomings. Be honest with yourself and
be prepared to assume responsibility and accept
consequences. This rule comes from Pythagoras, the
famous mathematician and mystic, and has special
relevance for all of us because of the common
human tendency to reject responsibility for
wrongdoing. Very few individuals are willing to hold
themselves accountable for the errors and mishaps
that inevitably occur in life. Instead, they tend to foist
these situations off on others complaining of
circumstances “beyond their control.” There are, of
course, situations that occasionally sweep us along,
against which we have little or no recourse. But the
far more typical tendency is to find ourselves in
dilemmas of our own creation — dilemmas for which
we refuse to be held accountable. How many times
does the average person say something like, “It
really wasn’t my fault. If only John or Mary had acted
differently then I would not have responded as I did.”
Cop-outs like these are the standard reaction for
most people. They reflect an infinite human capacity
for rationalization, finger-pointing, and denial of
responsibility. Unfortunately, this penchant for excuses
and self-exemption has negative consequences.
People who feed themselves a steady diet of
exonerating fiction are in danger of living life in bad
faith — more, they risk corrupting their very essence
as a human being.

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