A Beautiful Quote By Seneca That America Needs
Here is my favorite quote of the year so far:
“Beasts avoid the dangers which they see, and when they have escaped them are free from care; but we men torment ourselves over that which is to come as well over that which is past. Many of our blessings bring bane to us; for memory recalls the tortures of fear, while foresight anticipates them. The present alone can make no man wretched. Farewell.”
I think Donald Trump has became the Republican nominee because of this. But this quote really cuts deep. If you think about any of your fears, those fears arise from you anticipating something is going to happen. If you are scared to go talk to that special someone it is an anticipatory fear. That fear likely came from a past experience where it went poorly — or you saw it go poorly for someone else.
But it is a complete trick of the mind. Humans are REALLY bad predictors. We suck at it. But we live so much of our lives in a reactionary way to the things we predict. Which seems to hold so many people back. Stop trying to predict what is going to happen. Go out and do it.