January 31st

Philosophy as Medicine of the Soul

“Don’t return to philosophy as a task-master, but as patients seek out relief in a treatment of sore eyes, or a dressing for a burn, or from an ointment. Regarding it this way, you’ll obey reason without putting it on display and rest easy in its care.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.9

I honestly think Youtube has been a big driver in leading me into my exploration of philosophy, and I am thankful for it. School of Life and Crash Course are excellent intros into this world.

Exercise sharpens the body, reading sharpens the mind, philosophy sharpens the soul. They all interact, instead of being siloed.

As the All Blacks would say, “Better people make better All Blacks.” Cultivating all three components is how you become a better person.

I’m not sure if it’s poor sleep leading to a lack of observations, or maybe there are less “aha!” moments now that it’s been over 3 weeks I’m here. That said, I’ve definitely cemented some concepts I want to explore while I’m here.

Also, coaching somebody who only speaks Japanese…That was interesting. Need to embrace that challenge, because it can/will make me better.

Beethoven composed the Ninth Symphony without his hearing. Grant Achatz lost his ability to taste, which he says made him into a better chef. Steve Magness had to deal with many different things, and always figured out a way to improve despite it. No reason I can’t do the same.


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