In the last post I rattled some molars by suggesting that stoicism is overrated. Of course, I was being a little cheeky with the language to make a point and was only looking at stoicism through the lens of manifesting prosperity. There is a plethora of benefits from stoicism and the study of philosophy in general. I posit that what drives us to this scholarship is because it answers one of our most important primal needs:
We study philosophy to know how to study ourselves.
And that is why philosophy is such a gift. Because a life examined is a life evolving upward to higher levels of consciousness, ultimately reaching to one of meaningful purpose. A life not examined is a life lurching through a haphazard series of accidents and coincidences, eventually sputtering to a pointless end.
There are those who die that we mourn their loss, knowing a great gift has been taken from the world. And there are those who die that we mourn their life, knowing a great gift was never delivered to the world.
It’s not that this latter group was undeserving of a significant life – that’s the birthright of every human. It is that they were unable or unwilling to do the self-examination which creates a meaningful life.
Most of you know that my next book, Radical Rebirth is an exploration of self-examination. And more importantly, how you can employ it to create a perpetual cycle of improvement, a continuous quest to evolve into the highest possible version of yourself. My fervent desire is that you will see life as a series of journeys, shedding old identities, morphing into new ones, and developing your prosperity consciousness to a state I call Divine Discontent. This state of mind is a metaphysical experience, one in which you live in gratitude for where you’re at, yet still have an innate hunger to do, have, and become more.
If I did my job with this next book, it may cause you to quit your job, divorce your spouse, accept your true sexuality, run away with the circus, change your career, get a tattoo, renounce your religion, leave some relationships, start a movement, hitchhike across a continent, become a tech billionaire, move to an ashram in India, or...all of the above.
If you read the book, consider all of the possibilities above, and decide to continue along the path you’re on, then I have still done my job. Because I don’t write to make you to change your life – I write to make you examine it. To think about your life in ways you’ve never thought about before.
Most people are fearful of life-altering decisions, so they avoid the self-examination that causes them. That is the pathway to a life of mediocrity. For it is only through crystal clear thinking and searing self-examination that breakthroughs are attained. If you earnestly desire to transcend the mundane and fashion a life of challenge, adventure, and growth, you must be willing to confront yourself.
To discover your weakness, walk toward your comfort. To discover your power, walk toward your fear.