Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, proposed that there are 5 fears that every person has in life: Which one of these sound like you? You’re afraid that you won’t achieve anything important in your life..You’re afraid of being alone...You’re afraid of being poor... You’re afraid of being sick... You’re afraid of dying..
Today we will look at what is the ideal way to think and act according to Aristotle.
On the outside, you may appear strong, and confident, but on the inside you often feel frustrated, angry, anxious, and down deep inside, if you are honest with yourself, you have fears.
For Aristotle and the Stoics, the way to excellence is to find the middle way. They called this , The Golden Mean.
If you have the fear that you won’t achieve anything of significance in your life it may be because you are just going about in your life accepting things as they are. You’ re acting like a coward, not asking much in life, quitting easily when life puts obstacles in your way. It’s a clear sign that you don’t have enough courage and that you need to be more pro-active towards your goals.
The other side of the same example, if you are being reckless in your life, risking all your savings on your dream. this may lead to you losing everything and hurting yourself and others.
The real courageous person has some characteristics which are in between cowardice and recklessness, somewhere in the middle of fearful and brash behavior and this is that we should aim for in life so that we can approach the virtue of Courage.
If you want to be a courageous person in your life the Greek philosophers tell us that :
A courageous person is:
1- Not affected by or afraid of the good nor the bad things in life.
2- Realizes with awareness and recognizes the things that he does not like
3- Doesn’t hesitate to take charge of their life.
4- Is constantly trying to improve and and can manage their fears.
5- Isn’t surprised by any situation that may come up in his life.
6- Is strong with their patience and maintains their composure.
7- Can always find something positive in every situation and an opportunity even if
things seem bad.
8- Isn’t afraid of things as they are prepared for every situation.
Finally a courageous person is the one who knows how they should react and are always prepared to confront situations with patience. The person who can evolve in life and live between cowardice and recklessness a has courage.
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