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    • I'm onboard with everything that @coffee said except for one thing:

      The Stoic schoools focus on true individuality, being 100% in charge of how you think, act and feel.

      Specifically, I don't think as true individuals we are in charge of how we feel. It is something that we can influence by thinking or acting on it, but fundamentally it is a state that comes over us and of which we also have no control. It could be caused by a hormonal imbalance, fatigue or stress. So it is important to acknowledge it for what it is and to think and act to resolve it.

    • VR, the last few days have made me seriously wonder about that. Anthony Bourdain used to say he could be at an airport and order an ordinary hamburger, and not a very good one, and just looking at it could send him into a depression that lasted 3 days. And yet from the outside looking in, it seemed he had everything someone could wish for.

      And there has been a lot of talk about YouTube stars achieving everything they've ever dreamed of and wondering how they could be so unhappy. They just seem to burn out and need a break from their sorrow. I sometimes can't explain why I'm in a great mood one day and subdued the next. It just seems to follow a rhythm.

    • I can't believe it Chris! I expect you to be perfectly in balance with the surroundings. lol. Without ups and downs in life we do not ever evolve. The deeper the chasm between our perception and reality, the stronger the learning experience. It's just gotta be painful, but hey that has been just my experience.

    • I think we can become in charge of how we feel and many do, to an extent or another. It goes back to how well a person knows themselves. Feelings are manifestations of the subconscious, but I think they have almost same physiological process as thoughts. If it's all brain chemistry how can it be so much more different.