“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates
Epictetus tells us that people would visit Socrates and ask to speak to a philosopher, and he’d take them to some other philosopher.
Whenever I set out to learn something new, I am usually reluctant because of what I perceive as a steep learning curve. It is difficult, almost impossible, it’s not worth it, I do not have the time, the patience, or the mental fortitude to learn this. After a while, though, when I figure out that it’s not as difficult as I had presumed, I become arrogant. I think I know it all, I think that there’s not much left to learn.
Most of us think like that in one or more areas of our life. Continue reading
“There are too many of us and we are all too far apart.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
I’m writing these words knowing that people from all over the world are going to read them. People of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of different religious beliefs. Most of them, I’ll never get a chance to meet. Most of them, I don’t know how they look like, what’s the thing they want most in this world, or what is it that they’re afraid of… most of them are perfect strangers to me.
Yet, simply by writing these words with these strangers in my mind, having the certainty that my words will reach them, they become a little bit more than strangers. They become human beings, just like myself, and that is one of life’s greatest achievements. Continue reading
Each year, on the first of January, we look back on the year that has passed and try to see the good, the bad, to figure out how to make things better. We try to learn form the past, and probably, we also spend a lot of time imagining a better future.
We have 365 days to change what needs changing, to become better, smarter, happier. Our hearts filled up with renewed hope and dreams and expectations, we make plans and lists. Continue reading
I’ve got this stupid game on my cell phone I use to play when I’m extremely bored. Basically all you’ve got to do is destroy colored blocks. And you have to earn a certain number of points each 2 minute round. And it progressively gets more difficult. And sometimes I find myself in the situation that I’ve got to earn a lot of points in something like 20 seconds, and I stop for a moment and tell myself it can’t be done. So I take it easy or just stop destroying blocks altogether and wait for the time to run out. And other times I try really hard to get to the next level.
Every once in a while we all have to face what might seem as an impossible task. Continue reading
““If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.” – Charles Bukowski
Sacrifice is a a rare thing these days. In a society of instant gratification, we want to pay the price, and get something in return.
In many ways, fear is the only true constant in our lives. We are afraid that good things might end, that we might lose something we hold precious; when in pain, we are afraid it might never subside. We are always afraid. It’s how you know you’re alive… it’s how you’re aware of your surroundings, how you anchor yourself in the present… or keep an eye on the future. Sometimes we’re afraid of the past as well… that it might return to haunt us. Continue reading
“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell
Most people spend their lives waiting for something to happen. When they’re happy, they’re waiting for something to ruin that happiness. They feel it, an energy of sorts, waiting around the corner to consume their smiles. When they’re sad, when they feel something is missing, they wait for something to make them smile again. Continue reading