A Life Lesson from Socrates (and a bad driver) 🚗Jun 27, 2022
The other day someone cut me up while driving.
Despite, of course, it being annoying (and this guy genuinely was in the wrong) — what amazed me the most - was how quickly I went from 0 to 100 of anger inside me.
However - a few moments later - I caught myself - was embarrassed at my reaction — laughed at myself - and reminded myself of what the Stoics taught.
They taught us - our #1 enemy is our emotions.
However - I was still shocked at how I automatically, viscerally reacted to this driver.
The incident reminded me - of how much more learning and growth I still have to do.
I quickly composed myself - and then felt foolish for emotionally reacting as I did.
I then sent ‘good energy’ to the driver - to wish him well - despite the incident.
Later that day - I was reading a bit from the Daily Stoic (by Ryan Holiday).
And what I read was as if it was written for me.
(Has this happened to you? You read or hear something at exactly the time you need to. I bet it has...)
In this book it said:
‘The Truly Educated Aren’t Quarrelsome’
It went on the explain the following.
“Did you know - Socrates famously traveled around Athens, approaching the people he disagreed with the most and engaging with them in long discussions.
In these discussions - there are many examples of his friends getting exasperated, upset, and aggravated by the many questions that came his way.
However - Socrates never got upset himself. He always kept his cool.
He was much more interested in hearing what the other person had to say - than making sure he was heard. Or - as most insist upon - winning the argument.
Would an educated and wise person really be as quarrelsome as we may initially be inclined to be?”
This really impacted me - and it was a good little learning nugget for me - and I wanted to share it with you.
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