Monday, December 12, 2022

Daily Stoic: Dignity and Bravery

 Today's Meditation must be brought past where it seems to start...

As Cicero says, we hate gladiators if they are quick to save their lives by any means; we favor them if they show contempt for their lives.


The moral of the story is NOT to show contempt for our own lives. But we are meant to live our lives fully, not so afraid of failure or death as to be shrunk, and therefore lose much of ourselves in saving ourselves. Doing only the safest thing will not bring joy, but prioritizes existence over experiences.

And no one dreams of only "existing".

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