“What need is there to weep over parts of life, the whole of it calls for tears.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Today I have been reminded that anger and frustration are irrational responses to betrayed expectations.
With any luck, your lives will be free from suffering and the “bad” things that occur naturally in this world will be minimal, or at best insignificant in the scheme of your existences. But things can and often do go wrong, and the only rational strategy to deal with this fact is to be psychologically prepared to accept it, so we can remain calm and critical when dealing with perceived adversity.
I have said it before, and will say it again: unmitigated emotions are dangerous; seldom necessary; and most always insufficient responses to the world of experience.
No, the calm mind isn’t free from passion, nor is it devoid of emotion, but it always endeavours to be in control of both as it knows that THEY control the world…
It’s clear to me today that some emotions are antithetical to passion. Anger, for example, is an obstacle to passionate impetus.
— The Devil Unbound