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I find myself often reflecting on this axiom. Everywhere I look I see it (… does that make me a pessimist? A realist?).

The origin of Man is a Wolf to Man is debatable. “It appeared in a popular Roman proverb by Plautus (dead 184 B. C.), in his Asinaria. Thomas Hobbes later used it in his De cive, Epistola dedicatoria.” More currently some attribute it to Sigmund Fraud in the context that Homo Homi Lupus (Man is a Wolf to Man) “… reveals men as savage beasts to whom the thought of sparing their own kind is alien,” and…

…Live it in the margins.

-Do and don’t
-Yes and no
-Acceptable, not acceptable
-Allowable, not allowable
-Moral and immoral
-Ethical and unethical
-Legal, illegal
-Reasonable, unreasonable
-Sufficient, insufficient
-Nice, mean
-Good and bad
-Ying and Yang

One can go on and on. It’s not that simple. Life isn’t black-and-white. The line between all is gray and thin. When playing on that thin line, where the game is played, from time to time one is going to get cut. That’s life.

Interestingly, it is how we respond to the unpredictable aspects of life — those cuts — that most impact…

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I want content, not headlines.

I thoroughly enjoy Medium. I found it to be a refreshing escape from the constant sensationalist mass media news push, polarizing cultural wars, and self-promotion of pseudo get rich quick schemes.

I’ve been using Medium for about two years. It seems more and more of the content being presented to me is headline-grabbing instructional baits to increase my readership or get-rich-quick. Often the two are interlinked.

Stop it, please.

Embrace each day as if it were your last.

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Each day can be a struggle. Each day I try to improve. Each day I express gratitude, however simple or meaningful.

A few years ago I discovered Stoicism. My life didn’t change in a moment; my perspective gradually changed to one of more appreciation, gratitude, and self-discovery. I like to combine it with the concept of Kaizen — make each day a little better than the last.

Ultimately, what I am in search of is less about happiness or meaning, more about contentment.

Maybe it’s semantics, but contentment is about being…

I've heard of this - putting oneself in another's shoes- as the platinum rule.

The golden rule being treat other's how you would like to be treated.

The platinum rule being treat other's how they would like to be treated.

Very insightful, heaven or hell beomes a personal construct. I had a similar perspective, "Years ago I had a dream, more of a realization or epiphany, as to what heaven is and what happens to us when we die.At the very end, the very moment of our last heartbeat, or even just after that, when our brain is sending its last signal — our life passes through our consciousness. At that instant, we see our life; the good and the bad of all we encountered over our lives. Not our thoughts, but our experiences and our actions. Our last fleeting thought, the one we then depart with is either positive, good, and peaceful or negative, bad, and turmoil. This is our Heaven or our Hell that we experience at the very end. And, since it is at our end, it becomes our eternity."

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I had heard of the philosopher Kiergagaard though knew little of his thoughts. I assumed he was like Nietzsche — a hard-edged somber Nihilist. I now believe he is more constructive than that.

My discovery was brought about upon my reading Douglas Giles Medium Post “The Most Important Lesson I Learned from Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard”. As is often the case with such writings, stories, or books I’ve read I did two things. First, I transcribed the main points into a Mind Map. Secondly, I dug a little deeper in an attempt to understand a bit better.

This made me think of Seth Godin’s book "Linchpin: Are You Indespensible?" where he comments in depth on our "lizard brain."

"A squirrel runs around looking for nuts, hiding from foxes, listening for predators, and watching for other squirrels. The squirrel does this because that's all it can do. All the squirrel has is a lizard brain." - Seth Godin

This concept always stuck with me, explaining the fight or flight syndrome and for me the Imposter Syndrome I can struggle with.

Thanks for sharing. Its not a dud. You thought it so it has value.

I wrote something similar.

God and Suffering…

Steve C

This 2 Shall Pass

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