Don’t Unintentionally Hand Over Your Freedom

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The following is a short book preview about freedom contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and The Art of Living
Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman, New York: Penguin Random House LLC (2016)

“Instinctively, we protect our physical selves. We don’t let people touch us, push us around, control where we go. But when it comes to the mind, we’re less disciplined. We hand it over willingly to social media, to television, to what other people are doing, thinking, or saying. We sit down to work and the next thing we know, we’re browsing the Internet. We sit down with our families, but within minutes we have our phones out. We sit down peacefully in a park, but instead of looking inward, we’re judging people as they pass by.

We don’t even know that we are doing this. We don’t realize how much waste is in it, how inefficient and distracted it makes us. And what’s worse – no one is making this happen. It’s totally self-inflicted.

To the Stoics, this is an abomination. They know that the world can control our bodies – we can be thrown in jail or be tossed about by the weather. But the mind? That’s ours. We must protect it. Maintain control over your mind and perceptions, they’d say. It’s your most prized possession (p. 170-171).”

The Daily Stoic is available from the OSU Leadership Center.

Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.

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