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067: Fresh Perspectives From Ancient Philosophy

The Ancient Greeks blessed us with several world-changing ideas democracy and philosophy just to name a couple Upon initial examination ancient history may seem useless today but if you dig deeper there are tons of relevant lessons and theories that are worthy of a deeper analysis The Greeks were ahead of their time particularly advanced in their revolutionary contributions to society they revolutionized civilization science mathematics politics and the arts Rather than viewing ancient philosophy as simply theoretical and ideological we should appreciate the knowledge and wisdom that continues to be applicable centuries later Though philosophers like Plato Socrates Confucius Aristotle and Epictetus may have lived very different lives than us thousands of years ago we can leverage their insights to guide us when faced with challenges Philosophy gives us perspective even if it s ancient Ancient philosophy set out on a conquest to discover how we achieve inner peace and happiness Understanding what is and isn t within our control as human beings These philosophers encouraged introspective thinking and contemplating the meaning of life space and time and other worldly concepts Ancient philosophers through posing complex essential questions about life were able to establish standards of reasoning and logic explore the depths human mind and debate morals and ethics Ancient philosophy never forced us to believe a theory or persuaded us to accept an idea it simply urged us to keep asking WHY Quote The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently but he is willing in great crises to give even his life – knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live – Aristotle We can apply the lessons of Ancient Philosophy to become less anxious more insightful creative and more appreciative Most importantly we re inspired to think more deeply about our choices and how they affect our lives How should a person live What is the meaning of life What actions produce the most happiness and satisfaction How do we understand ourselves on a deeper level What is right and wrong https mruddo comClick here to visit this podcast episode