October 12

“Philosophy itself, however, should be practiced with calmness and moderation.”                   – Seneca

Like anything we choose to identify with, setting philosophy as our internal operating system comes with its own set of pitfalls. Mostly we give ourselves license to reflect on our own words, actions, and the way we approach the world. This will inevitably lead to us quietly – or sometimes not so quietly – passing judgment on the words, actions, or perceived thoughts of others.

We might be subtle about it, we might not even know that we are doing it but when we see someone getting upset about something they can’t control and we think to ourselves that they are being foolish and wasting energy on things outside their control, we are guilty of the same thing. And worse, we know we should know better.

We should be catching these moments, these should be the first things we start to root out of our lives. Partially because we have no right to even have opinions about the goings on in the lives of others but mostly because thoughts like these hold us back.

Our best self isn’t concerned with how others act, even how others treat us, because our best self is focused on finding each of our won weaknesses and if we can not eliminate them, we should at least be finding ways to make them work in our favor. We should be streamlining our forward motion on the path to becoming the person we want to be. This should take all of our focus.

But we can not focus on that until we stop looking at others.

We should stop looking at and judging others today.

virtus fortis vocat

 

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