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Understanding the concept of the self
The importance of living in the present moment
The illusion of control
It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.
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Being liked by everyone or becoming popular on social media— these are “preferred indifferents.” They’d be nice to experience, but the absence of these experiences does not hinder our true ability to achieve happiness, at all.
When another blames you or hates you, or when men say anything injurious about you, approach their poor souls, penetrate within, and see what kind of men they are. You will discover that there is no reason to be concerned that these men have this or that opinion about ...
Our obsession with others’ opinions of us likely stems from the brain’s tribal aged instincts— stuck in a point of evolution when disapproval could have meant abandonment, and abandonment could mean death.
What is to be prized? An audience clapping? No. No more than the clacking of their tongues. Which is all that public praise amounts to – a clacking of tongues.
Philosophy + spirituality
Stoic emperor Marcus Aurelius—despite being one of the most talked-about men in history—managed not to care what others may have thought of him.
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We understand that people that we admire are imperfect, but don't find their flaws unforgivable. Yet, when it comes to ourselves, we beat ourselves up for our own imperfections.
Do not judge yourself more harshly than you judge them.
People who love and care about us will stick with us through all our flaws and floundering. Our not so perfectness is what makes us unique and we are loved for it. So we should give ourselves a break.
People believe what they’ve seen happen exponentially more than what they read about has happened to other people, if they read about other people at all. We’re all biased to our own personal history. Everyone.
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