We all want a good life – good health, good food, adequate shelter, a harmonious family, a rewarding career. In short, a life we can enjoy.
For many, this happens to be possible, but for many, it does not. Why is that? What is that makes a difference in lives?
When I came upon Stoicism, I immediately become a fancier. I felt an exalting delight of relief, comfort and joy, for, in many of its concepts, I recognized my own insights. I spent a lot of time reading, thinking and introducing others to the ideas of Stoicism. In many aspects, it is similar to Buddhism, to which I also relate. So, I absorbed all wise words of all these wise men and tried to apply them to soothe my worries, anxieties and fears. Yet, slowly one question started corroding my philosophical delight:
Does Stoicism actually apply to a mother?
Does any philosophy at all apply to a mother?
There are truths so unpleasant that we chose to ignore them. There are truths so apparent that we simply overlook them.Continue reading “Everything Passes. This Too, Will Pass.”
“As far as we can tell from a purely scientific viewpoint, human life has absolutely no meaning. Humans are the outcome of blind evolutionary processes that operate without goal or purpose. Our actions are not part of some divine cosmic plan, and if planet earth were to blow up tomorrow morning, the universe would probably keep going about its business as usual. As far as we can tell at this point, human subjectivity would not be missed. Hence any meaning that people inscribe to their lives is just a delusion.”
― Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
All of the human unhappiness comes from one single thing: not knowing how to remain at rest in a room.- Blaise Pascal
We live fast-forwarded lives in a fast-forwarded world. We can not stop; the world can not stop. We hurry, we are always in a hurry. And we worry, we always worry. And we are busy; we are always busy.
We can not hear our own thoughts.
But then something happens, and we must stop. And then, we found ourselves in a room. And then the question comes:
Do you know how to remain at rest in a room?
Continue reading “The Secret Power Over Our Judgment”
Love and hate falsify our judgment entirely. In our enemies we see nothing but faults—in our loved ones nothing but excellences, and even their faults appear to us amiable.
Happiness if I am right, lies in two things: being exactly where one belongs – but what official can say that of himself? – and especially, performing comfortably the most commonplace functions, that is having enough sleep and not having new boots, that pinch. When the 720 minutes of the twelve-hour day pass without any special annoyance that can be called a happy day.(Translation from German – William A.Cooper )
Theodor Fontane | Effi Briest, 1894Continue reading “A Happy Day”
Where is it I’ve read that someone condemned to death says or thinks, an hour before his death, that if he had to live on some high rock, on such a narrow ledge that he’d only room to stand, and the ocean, everlasting darkness, everlasting solitude, everlasting tempest around him, if he had to remain standing on a square yard of space all his life, a thousand years, eternity, it were better to live so than to die at once! Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!…
Fyodor Dostoevski |Crime and Punishment