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An excellent compilation that I wish others would take time to view. Will add more of the videos when I get back from my afternoon work.

Back in and continuing on…

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Especially appreciate that last man’s commentary in video 10.

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Excellent response.

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Glad I watched ’til the end. A lot of interesting voices there. Also wasn’t what I expected from rapper Lil Wayne (never listened to his music, so far as I’m aware, but have listened at least on one other occasion to his commentary before).

Overall, I’m very glad this compilation series was created.

“Philosophy Core Concepts: Epictetus on Habits and Practice”

Dr. Sadler’s lectures on Epictetus have really provided a lot of useful food for thought to me. Receive an email each time a new video comes out on his channel and comb through all he’s filmed previously to find, watch, and re-watch those related to Stoicism in particular. Here’s another good one I spent some time with today:

…actions strengthen or destroy particular faculties…

Deliberate practice and discipline…

Hmm. We’re actually worse off when we give into unworthwhile vices, so we aren’t just remaining neutral but rather become either better or worse over time based on the habits we form and follow, according to Epictetus’ philosophical view. And I like what he said about it not only being about resisting bad habits but also opting for replacing them with good habits so that we improve conditions for ourselves and thus the rest of the world. Important stuff to think about.

“Insight Into Depression – Sadhguru”

Ok. Admittedly I have some mixed thoughts on that one. Agreed in large part with what basically boils down to a stoic type of outlook on us bucking up and taking responsibility for ourselves wherever we’re able. Appreciate his videos due to that sort of message. And I tend to agree that working at a job where you don’t have the option to call in sick (as is true with my own self-employment venture) does encourage your body to get back up and get with the program when colds and whatnot arise. Might still be sick and it might be the middle of winter and the midst of a major snowstorm, but you still have to go out in it regardless. Would take a major calamity for that to otherwise be the case and still other preparations would need to be made if I were in a condition capable of doing so (or my friend would need to help out in contacting people on my behalf otherwise, considering the nature of my business). I can nod along with all of that.

However, some people I know seem to do everything right and one in particular even has a job where downtime isn’t permitted, and yet still he and a few others manage to get hurt or ill more often than what most of us experience, even with nearly daily exercise and a healthy diet and attentiveness to his health. The man has the luck of Job, as we like to tell him. Not everything is within the individual’s control, as we know. I just feel the need to address that and to acknowledge our human limitations in some respects. Though, yes, most of us have a lot more control than we’re willing to accept and productively act upon. That appears to be a given.

There is a thin line between sanity and insanity, and while anger itself I don’t believe pushes us there, it’s what we do with that anger, how we let it fester and multiply. There does indeed appear to be a point where we can push ourselves beyond functionality. Where we self-handicap, whether we consciously mean to or not. I am trying to come to grips with this notion inside myself these days, as someone who’s struggled with depression (or what I prefer to refer to as melancholy) all my life, yet never experienced it as a way of gaining attention or drawing others near since it actually tends to have the opposite effect. Worries people, stresses ’em out. But then again, telling anyone anything they don’t want to hear seems to do that nowadays. And perhaps it’s always been that way among people.

Yes, if we didn’t experience intense emotions then we wouldn’t face the possibility of them folding back in on us and creating a sabotage. Nothing necessarily wrong with being a sensitive, emotional person, regardless of what some like to claim to the contrary these days; it’s just a question of how we manage it. Not a big fan of labeling much as “mental illness” since there’s such a craze over doing so these days that it seems as if nearly all human phases of development and crises can wind up being diagnosed along those lines. I don’t see life that way, not to the extent that so many others seem to anyway.  It’s a worrisome trend, IMO, and one to not treat lightheartedly or with too much unskeptical deference to those claiming to be “experts.” People like to assume you’re nuts for stating that, and so be it. I personally think people place way too much confidence in the mainstream model of interpreting human interactions and psychodynamics, probably due to its multi-decade history of trying to align itself alongside as well as intertwined with the medical establishment in order to enhance its status so as to grow into the institution it’s become. Opinions of these matters will differ based on what information we’re working with and what biases we hold, naturally.

So it is understood, I am still seeking and pondering and working on these areas in my life and have no advice to offer others. Though the talks of Sadhguru have provided me with some small measure of peace and insight and thoughts I can relate with in plenty of areas over the last several weeks since I came across him online.

Combining talks like this with listening to the audiobooks of Dr. James Hollis in recent times has been providing me a lot to chew on and deeply consider.