The Daily Stoic for November 4th, “Not Good, Nor Bad”.
“There is no evil in things changing, just as there is no good in persisting in a new state.”—MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 4.42
The other day, I mentioned how signing in to Facebook to ask for permission for using a pic almost ended up in an argument with someone I didn’t even know.
Not Good, Nor Bad
One of the arguments of this person was that I was a digital nomad, so I didn’t understand that there were people that didn’t want to have a passion, change or do things differently. And I have to disagree. I don’t believe in absolute truths. Nobody can tell you that my life, or his life, or her life is better than yours.
And that applies to change. Neither change or status quo are good or bad. For me, quitting my job and becoming a digital nomad was a life changer, and an amazing experience. I am grateful for that. But it may not be the best option for you.
Our decisions and experiences can’t be extrapolated to anybody else. So why do people react like this person did, agressively as if I was trying to force my lifestyle on her?
Everything Is Subjective
Well, I am probably guilty because I talk so passionately about things I love or hate. During these last years, I have lived, traveled, and experienced more than my three first decades on earth.
But I also think internet has this alienating effect, because everybody else is trying to impose their opinions on the rest of us. We have got so used to it, that if someone express their opinion about certain topic, we need to prove them wrong, or firecely fight to show that we are right and they are wrong.
So I think we all need to relax and realize that we don’t need to have an opinion on everything, or fight others’ opinions. For me, the best way of not entering that game is staying away from social media.
Today’s Daily Stoic, “Not Good, Nor Bad”, contains a nice teaching about opinions, and why change, nor status quo, or any lifestyle, is good or bad.