“The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.”
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My name is Tridentlion and this is the written blog version of episode #3 of a series on my youtube channel called “3 takeaways in 3 minutes.” On this specific episode of “3T3M” the topic is on overcoming anger. The 3 takeaways are based on the stoic philosopher Seneca’s work.
For those of you that don’t know, Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy, which was developed by Zeno around 300 B.C. Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions.
Seneca, born in Spain, 4 B.C. then later raised in Rome, Italy. Seneca was a philosopher as well as a statesman and advisor for the roman emperor Nero. Being an individual with several benefits of living and thriving in roman times, Seneca was given many opportunities to think, and philosophize. Seneca covers a variety of philosophical topics including anger.
Now here is the 1st Seneca takeaway on anger…
“The greatest remedy for anger is delay.”
By delaying anger you are overcoming anger. By delaying anger you are restraining yourself from suffering. Delaying anger is almost like a muscle. It gets stronger by exercising it. So, grow your will power and when a thought of anger comes about, calm yourself and push the anger away by delaying it. Say to yourself I’ll allow myself to be angry in 8 hours. Then, in 8 hours push it back another 8 hours. Keep putting “anger” in the future tense, while you in the present state, be and feel yourself to be in a beautiful state. If you haven’t already definitely watch my video on “Real Wealth.” In the video I dive deeper into the topic of living in a beautiful state.
(Link to video at bottom of blog)
The 2nd Seneca takeaway on anger is…
“Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.”
I think it was Buddha who stated, “Anger is like holding a ball of fire with the intention of throwing is at someone. All the while you’re burning your hand.” By allowing yourself to feel angry, you also simultaneously allow yourself to feel suffering. Do yourself a favor and simply let go of your anger tendencies. You do this by becoming conscious that you’re angry when your angry, then utilizing your willpower in the moment of being anger and consciously let it go. Make the conscious decision to delay and avoid anger as it arises. Be in control of your anger; don’t let your anger be in control of you.
And lastly, the 3rd Seneca takeaway on anger is…
“Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.”
Anger is counterproductive. Like a building, or ruins as Seneca expresses, which breaks more of itself apart. Inflicting more harm & suffering upon you than is necessary. You know how people say that you are your worst enemy? Well then if you are your worst enemy, then anger is your worst enemies most effective weapon.
Thank you all so much for reading this blog version of episode #3 of youtube series “3 takeaways in 3 minutes.” I hope this blog has helped you #levelup in life in some way. Comment below your thoughts on anger & stoicism. Also please follow me of social media to help keep you leveling up in life.
And until the next blog post remember…
To always be learning, always be creating, and always be inspired!
Roars to you,
“3 Takeaways in 3 Minutes” Ep. #04 – Overcoming Anger
Video on “Real Wealth”