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Plato’s Philosophy on What It Means to Conquer Yourself

12 August 2013 No Comment

An anachronistic take on the allegory of Plato's Cave

“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories;
to be conquered by self is of all things the most shameful and vile…”

~ Plato

“Shameful and vile” may be a strong choice of words, but it’s also accurate and striking. In the same way I talk about reframing fear as cowardice – how you can overcome fearfulness by calling it for what it truly is (being a coward) – here, Plato is encouraging you to conquer yourself by reframing what the only other alternative is…to have your logic over-ridden by the most primitive, least-evolved aspect to your identity.

If you need more motivation than that, listen to this mix-down I made of Eben Pagan discussing our culture of distraction, interruption and (excessive) entertainment, what I call “The Subtle Conspiracy Against Self-Discipline”:

For more, order your copy of How to Conquer Yourself: Discipline & Willpower for the Conscious, Creative Thinker, and get it autographed, here.


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