Inspiring outlook on improving oneself – Georgios Ardavanis (Ph. D.)

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Man develops gradually and spends a significant portion of his life as a “work in progress.” We need to build a vision of our ideal selves before becoming who we want to be and what we are capable of. Which personality do I wish to have? Self-awareness and understanding who we are and our boundaries are prerequisites. We frequently blame fate for our shortcomings while crediting our worth and hard work for our victories. Self-awareness can be attained in various ways, including through suffering, loss, and love. Extreme expeditions, in the opinion of extreme adventurists, shows who we are, what we fear, what we dare, and where we fall short. There are times when we say – I have to find myself. In fact, we don’t find our soul; we invent it, create it ourselves, and sculpt it. Self-knowledge is the cornerstone and core of philosophy. External occurrences are planned by fate, according to the Stoics. Hence, we are powerless over them. We are still in charge of our actions, though. What matters is not what happens to you but how you react to what happens to you.

Heraclitus used to say – the fool flinches at the slightest thing. Humans generally make difficult situations even more challenging because we don’t expect them and think they are tough. We almost react in a childlike manner. Only the ignorant hold others responsible for their problems. They are beginning to learn when they blame themselves. They have learned what they need to know when they stop throwing it at people.


Georgios Ardavanis – 19/02/2023

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