Daily Touch of Inspirations
October 6th: Looking out for each other
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Watching other people succeed is one of the toughest things to do — especially if we are not doing well ourselves. In our hunter-gatherer minds, we suspect that life is a zero-sum game — that for someone to have more means that we might end up with less.
But like all parts of philosophy, empathy and selflessness are a matter of practice. As Seneca observed, it's possible to learn to "rejoice in all their successes and be moved by their every failure." This is what a virtuous person does.
They teach themselves to actively cheer for other people — even in cases where that might come at their own expense — and to put aside jealousy and possessiveness. You can do that too.