Daily Stoic: For The Hot-Headed Man

“Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on–it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance–unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.18.5b

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This is so important these days. With all the division throughout the world, people are so easily triggered into anger. Apparently this has been an issue dating back to at least the Roman times. However, with social media these days we come into contact with many more people than we used to. That gives more chances for somebody to aggravate you.

We all get angry at least sometimes. But, it’s what you do with that anger that is important. If you see somebody, especially a celebrity, throwing a hissy fit, you can see how childish they look. You don’t want to look like that. Remember that anger is not impressive. It’s a weakness, and can be used against you. The people who remain calm, especially in the face of pressure or a crises, are much more respected. It is important to be in control of your anger or passions than to be controlled by them.

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