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April 27th: Turn it inside out

Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Turn it inside out and see what it is like when old, sick, or prostituting itself. How short- lived the praiser and praised, the one who remembers and remembered. Remembered in some corner of these parts, and even there not in the same way by all, or even by one. And the whole earth is but a mere speck. ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 8.21

Stoicism is about looking at things from every angle- and certain situations are easier to understand from different perspectives. In potential negative situations, the objective, even superficial gaze might actually be superior. That view might let us see things clearly without diving too much into what they might represent or what might have caused them. In other situations, particularly those that involve something impressive or praiseworthy, another approach, like that of contemptuous expression, is helpful. By examining situations from the inside out, we can be less daunted by them, less likely to be swayed by them.

Dig into your fear of death or obscurity, and what will you find? turn some fancy ceremony inside out and you'll find- what?


The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living

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