daily stoic

Time

Time

"Here’s a humbling exercise, whenever you read an old book that speaks about contemporary events, look at the names. 

How many of these people--who were important enough to warrant a mention at the time--seem important now, decades or centuries later? 

How many of them have you even heard of? 

How silly does the author’s reverence seem? 

How ridiculous does their assumption--that future readers would obviously know who and what they were talking about--that they didn’t bother to provide much context, seem?  

Well, this timeless process is happening right now, as we speak...

Freedom

Freedom

"We do not have to “gain” freedom because freedom has always been with us and is not something to be gained in the end through strict and faithful adherence to some definite formulas. Formulas can only inhibit freedom and pre-formations only squelch creativity and impose mediocrity." - 🥋Bruce Lee 🥋

There are three levels of freedom we need to differentiate:

1st is Realistic, Basic, or Fundamental Freedom: 

2nd is Freedom of Action or Choice:

3rd is Ultimate Freedom or Freedom of the Mind, Body, and Soul: 

This is the type of freedom Bruce Lee is referring to. It is absolute and unencumbered by all external factors.  Preached by Taoists and Stoics alike...

Together

Together

Everyone needs help, but rarely do we think that the best way to help each other is to be constantly working on improving ourselves.⠀

It's kind of like when an airline tells you, in a case of lost cabin pressure, to put your own mask on first before helping others. ⠀

If we could detach ourselves from the initial, panicky and anxious, emotional response, we'd be able to make clear logical decisions about the most effective and efficient ways to help others. ⠀

Let me challenge you with a troubling scenario.⠀

Any loving parent would argue that helping their children first is the better course of action. But what if, because you spent so much time struggling to get oxygen, your body slowed and you just managed to cover your child and yourself before needing to take some deep breaths. ⠀

Now, there are other children without masks on, maybe a family is larger than usual and the parents haven't had the time to cover all of their kids yet, or maybe the children are travelling alone. ⠀

Because you prioritized your own child, you are now short of breath and unable to help them. ⠀

On a personal scale you were selfless, but on a global scale you were selfish.⠀