There is comfort to be found in knowing sadness can never be depleted. Neither could happiness, depending on how you see your glass. Sometimes, however, knowing and expecting hardship can make it seem less frightening.   Deliberate mental exposure could be helpful when desensitizing the mind and the heart. (Of course, eliminating emotional tugs also removes the humanity of the creature)

I watch shows and read books and have realized that certain ‘cool’ characters practice indifference. There is an awe that is struck when someone can overcome their weighty emotions. No need to follow preordained pulls and free to pursue a path of any shape or form. This lifestyle is often associated with what modern lexicography refers to as stoicism.

Stoicism originated in Ancient Roman and/or Greek philosophy. Not to be mired in theoretical intricacies, it is a practical philosophy drawn to guide one through the wonders and blunders of life. It is an understanding that controlling one’s emotions and mind is always possible (or at least, always more possible) than the events around you. Perhaps this inner strength is what lends the impressive aura to some of our favourite characters, or people.

But, this quality can easily confound itself with that of repression. Repressing thoughts, as any anxious person would very miserably know, unsympathetically feeds those very dangers. Stoicism is not this. Stoicism relies on the acceptance of such thoughts and moving along. Continue and prosper, despite those thoughts.

I do not know much about stoicism, it is clear, but I have a simple appreciation for what it is. That calm acceptance can clear the mind and help someone navigate through anxious tendencies. And hopefully, to a point where those tendencies dwindle and fade. Stoicism preempts Hebbian theory, but the latter could explain why this philosophy would work in weeding out anxious thoughts. Hebbian theory describes how brain connections, or synapses, are strengthened through repeated and persistent stimulation. Often associated with the phrase “neurons that fire together, wire together,” this phenomenon reveals that stimulation is required for endurance. This is good for remembering things, including those things that are distressing or draining. Remembering becomes the source of and solution to fatigued minds.

It’s an intuitive premise forgotten when most needed.

Stoicism imbues this intuition. Thoughts are just thoughts, unless you dwell on them.


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