361 — Mindset (IV)
I just finished reading an Accident of Geography by Richard Blum, it was a nice overview of his life and his work as a succesful private equity investor and social impact entrepreneur. I loved this passage:
We have to be concerned when half the world’s population are still living on barely two dollars a day, when a billion people go to bed hungry every night, when five deaths occur from AIDs, TB, malaria, and infections related to dirty water.
Perhaps the solution to global poverty is just awareness, perhaps that is an impossible dream because of human nature and the four main drivers — Status, Access, Power, Stuffs. But those born and recognisant of “accidents of nature” can always do more to alleviate the needs of others — without having to become stoic in their manners.
On stoicism. Marcus Aurelis was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180. His writing Meditations is a reference for Stoicism worldwide and continues to be a very scrutinised and studied text worldwide. As any historic character, there is a lot complexity around his figure and historians debate whether many facts were real or fictional: i.e. persecution against Christians increased during his ruling. And yet he set the pillars of this philosophy and many leaders have publicly expressed their admiration for this ruler.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.