a moment of inspiration.
"If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud."
simple: If it harms the collective, you speak up until it no longer does.
"dogs bark at what they cannot understand."
People are going to criticize you. They are going to resist or resent what you try to do. You’re going to face obstacles and a lot of those obstacles will be other human beings. Heraclitus is explaining why. People don’t like change. They don’t like to be confused. It’s also a fact that doing new things means forcing change and confusion on other people. So, if you’re looking for an explanation for all the barking you’re hearing, there it is. Let it go, keep working, do your job.
"some lack the fickleness to live as they wish and just live as they have begun."
After beginning with Seneca, let’s end with him. Inertia is a powerful force. The status quo–even if self-created–is comforting. So people find themselves on certain paths in life and cannot conceive of changing them, even if such a change would result in more personal happiness. We think that fickleness is a negative trait, but if it pushes you to be better and find and explore new, better things, it certainly isn’t. It’s a constant reminder: Why am I still doing this? Is it for the right reasons? Or is it just because it’s been that way for a while?
excerpts from 9 Short Quotes That Changed My Life And Why
by Ryan Holiday. Thought Catalog.
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