THE ART WORLD IS IN FACT BALD

7 Sep

“When insulted, people typically become angry. Because anger is a negative emotion that can upset our tranquillity, the Stoics thought it worthwhile to develop strategies to prevent insults from angering us… One of their sting-elimination strategies is to pause, when insulted, to consider whether what the insulter said is true. If it is, there is little reason to be upset. Suppose, for example, that someone mocks us for being bald when we in fact are bald: “Why is it an insult,” Seneca asks, “to be told what is self-evident?”

From ‘A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy’ by William B. Irvine. My emphasis, not his… or Seneca’s.

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