Few are able to keep a cool head when facing insurmountable obstacles. Frustration derived from hardship leads many to despair. When misfortune and tragedy strike, empty promises won't help. What advice can be given to those who suffer from physical deficiencies or find themselves discriminated on the basis of their origin, background, or personal history?
Discard the bromides of positive thinking
Television and magazines are full of recommendations for
disadvantaged individuals. "Be positive and have confidence," they are
told. "Better times are coming." On many occasions, such bromides are
dispensed by those who have never encountered serious problems in life
or who have inherited most of what they possess.
Nowadays, many of those affected by personal
deficiencies, instead of seeking out a rational response, turn to
nihilism, obsession, or revenge. None of those approaches works, none of
them has ever improved anything. What is the reason of their
popularity? Why do people follow those paths?
Three approaches to happiness that don't work
deprive your life of direction, replacing ambition by neglect and
dereliction. Your vision will become blurred and you will be reduced to
perceiving, from everything, the worst. Purpose will be buried by random
decisions, convictions will turn into derision.
narrow your range to the minimum, pushing you to devote every hour to
senseless goals, such as acquiring fame and power. History tells of many
small men who became murderers to enhance their feeling of
self-importance. This is not the way.
Revenge will waste your
life by focusing your attention on past misfortune. Getting even seldom
solves problems and frequently results in additional harm. Revenge will
consume your efforts and resources, leaving you empty-handed, sad, and
mad at yourself.
What Aristotle recommended
No wonder that
envy and discouragement are rampant in contemporary society, possibly
more than in any previous era of humanity. Already in the year 326 B.C.,
Aristotle emphasized the importance of seeking rationality as a way to
attain happiness. Unfortunately, the voice of the philosopher seems long
For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my book The 10 Principles of Rational Living
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Monday, 7 October 2013
When everything fails, try this. A problem creates an opportunity. Profiting from bad breaks. Nothing to be worried about. Countermeasures. A better approach
When everything fails, try this
a novel by John Vespasian
When a Belgian industrialist is diagnosed with cancer and told that he doesn't have long to live, he decides to bet his fortune on Prof. Zirkovsky's research.
He convinces Zirkovsky to quit his teaching position in Brussels and set up a laboratory in Charlerois, a small town, in order to conduct experiments with monkeys.
When Zirkovsky's research shows the first signs of success, animal-rights activists demand him to abandon his experiments. A series of violent attacks against the lab lead the industrialist to call his insurer, Alfred Grail, a Vietnam veteran living in Switzerland.
What Alfred Grail will find in Belgium will shake his beliefs and make him change his life.
Table of Contents
- A problem creates an opportunity
- All threats are personal
- This is somewhat embarrassing
- A feeling of apprehension
- The dream of becoming an artist
- Fire without smoke
- Serious trouble
- Mutual dislike at first sight
- Running out of time
- A walk in the park
- Spreading false stories
- The return of the little princess
- Profiting from bad breaks
- A visit to the museum
- No longer in charge
- A trick with an envelope
- Nothing to be worried about
- Out of a job
- A better approach
- Without the shadow of a doubt
- A model citizen
- Whatever it takes
a novel by John Vespasian