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When someone is coming to you for advice, you have to listen, with intent. You are not supposed to jump into a conclusion and start dishing out advice.
Usually, people just want someone to listen to their problems.
Instead of a standard reaction based on our egoistic state, it is far better to be silent when we hear something we don't like. The best answer to anger is silence.
If one is faced with an emotional, irrational person, one should not engage, stooping to their level, but maintain calm.
In a social gathering or a serious discussion:
When we're young, we say what we feel like, not caring or not knowing about the consequences.
As we grow older, going through the roller coaster of life, we tend to become silent, owing to the wisdom that comes with the experiences of life.
“Remind yourself that your task is to be a good human being; remind yourself what nature demands of people. Then do it, without hesitation, and speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy.”
We communicate with each other as a habit but miss a lot in what a conversation really holds.
Our lack of listening skills, our inner chatter, and the urge to speak about ourselves is clouding any real, worthwhile exchange of words.
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was the last famous Stoic philosopher of antiquity. He faced one of the worst plagues in European history.
During the Antonine Plague, he wrote a book, known as The Meditations, which can be viewed as a manual for developing the mental resilience skills required to cope with a difficult situation.
Stoicism acknowledges the challenges we face and teaches us practical lessons so that we may overcome whatever stands in our way. By taking a practical approach to happiness, we learn how to maintain it for longer periods of time and help others do the same.
The Stoics had an ideal but misunderstood mental state they were pursuing in life: The state of Apatheia.
Apatheia means being undisturbed by lesser emotions, and when we have taken into account everything that is in our lives, we can let go of some things, even if they seem valuable to others.
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