What is Equality?
Daily Meditation #113–6/15/2022
We would be delusional to believe life will be fair or easy.
It simply isn’t.
As we discuss here in our daily YouDaimonia Meditation, following the pathway of Eudaimonia and Stoicism is a narrow, treacherous path centering around balance.
Ultimately, much of our perception of the world comes down to where our locus of control falls.
The concept of the locus of control falls on a spectrum of external to internal. We are never explicitly one or the other.
Someone with a more external locus of control are more likely to be the sort who tells their boss “Oh man … I was up all night because my cat was sick, so that’s why I was late.” Or to exclaim they weren’t picked for a job because they “aren’t the right color/sex/are too unattractive” or any other reason.
Someone with a more external locus of control are more likely to be the sort who simply takes accountability for things. “I’m sorry I was late — I lost track of time last night, stayed up too late, and ended up sleeping in. My fault.” Or, in the case of the not being picked for promotion, they go talk to the boss to see why … or take control and start applying where their skills will be more appreciated.
The unfortunate fact is that the world isn’t fair. Though mostly full of good people (or at least ones who just mind their business, firmly average), there are those who have malevolence in their hearts.
Going forth and asking others to change their behaviors to better suit your perceptions is going to just disappoint you and irritate them.
However — even though you can’t change the world, we can change how we perceive it.
We can — instead of asking the world to change it’s shape to better suit us — change ourselves.
Instead of exclaiming there is inequality (clearly, there is), and asking the world to stoop down to us, we must seek to raise ourselves up to the level we want.
Stop entrusting the world to improve your circumstances. You will find yourself mostly disappointed.
The world owes you nothing.
Read a bit more each day — maybe even 5 minutes.
Eat a bit better each day and move more.
Improve your relationship with others each day.
Pray, meditate or seek spiritual balance a bit more each day.
Eudaimonia is taking the anger you have outwardly cast at others and the world and reflecting it upon the self to improve oneself, and thus, one’s circumstances.
Cliché, I know, but if you want to change the world, be the change you want to see in the world!
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These are distillations from my coming book “YouDaimonia: the Ancient Philosophy of Human Flourishing.”