Saturday, November 12, 2022

Daily Stoic: Nov 12

If we judge as good and evil only the things in the power of our choice, then there is no room left for blaming gods or being hostile to others.

Marcus Aureluis

Is a mountain good or evil? Even the question doesn't make sense when we ask it. But there are many things that are out of our control that we claim as good or evil.

But what if we ignored those things that are completely out of our control. What if we accept that we have to deal with what we can and not blame others. Then we react to what we can control.

Take a look at Harry Truman. The bucks stops here. He dealt with all that he could without blaming others. He believed that as President, he had to take the decisions and as well as the repercussions.

Look at him versus Bill Clinton, who refused to take responsibility for his affair. For that, he is correctly judged harshly.

I wish I had another example of a President that refused to take responsibility for anything. I just can't think of one...



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