“We agree too quickly with what people say. We do not put to the test those things which cause our fear; we do not examine into them.” – Seneca
When we turn on the radio in the car, when we turn on the television, when we check our social media pages, even when we are in conversation with friends, there is a lot to be afraid of in the world. Or at least it certainly seems that way.
We are constantly bombarded with thoughts about how our health, our bodies, even our ways of life are being threatened by this threat or that group of people. The messages are as old as language, the ideas behind them are likely even older than that, but never before has it been so easy to spread a single message to so many people at the same time.
And never before has it been so easy to create plausible lies that can spur decent people into action towards unthinkable ends.
It might be easy to tell ourselves to vet every source, or to get our information from multiple sources but in reality, we also live in a busy time where our attention is constantly being stolen by distractions purposefully placed all around us.
The way out of the storm is simple but it is also so difficult it will take us a lifetime to master, even then we will likely fail. But small improvements are always better than no improvements. The way out is discipline, self discipline to be exact. Controlling our emotions, controlling our thoughts, controlling our words, and finally controlling our actions. By having control over these four things, we protect ourselves from the lies and traps of the industry of distraction constantly bombarding us from without.
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