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Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷
+ Your AuthorsArchive @MikeStuchbery_ Writer, Journalist & Teacher. Sometimes does stuff for @TheLocalEurope. Jul. 29, 2021 1 min read

Paul, you don't understand Stoicism. This is obvious.

Stoicism isn't about bearing life's burdens with a stiff upper lip, or risking it all in the pursuit of victory.

It's about understand your limitations, being at peace with them, moving on regardless with purpose.

"It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

Biles is valuing her own judgement over the varied, cacophonous voices she's hearing.

"The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not." - Seneca

Biles has four gold medals. They changed the grading curve for her. She's understanding her limits.

“Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.”- Epictetus       

Biles understands that the pursuit of further gold could lead to harm - gymnastics requires exact concentration.

By tempering desire, she maintains control.

I've been telling you to read a fucking book for years, and it's obvious that you haven't when it comes to Stoicism, because your maniacal, bitter, pissing and moaning is about as far from the Stoics as you can get.

γνῶθι σεαυτόν, jackass!


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