Maturity and self control

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them. What kind of teacher, then, are you still waiting for in order to refer your self-improvement to him? You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.
From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer, and that your progress is wrecked or preserved by a single day and a single event. That is how Socrates fulfilled himself by attending to nothing except reason in everything he encountered. And you, although you are not yet a Socrates, should live as someone who at least wants to be a Socrates.” ~ Epictetus

Link: The 10 Common Myths about Emotions

I was reading about SJWs and the Victorian Cult of Sensibility that kicked off their ostentatious, lachrymose over-sensitivity and it occurred to me that most people don’t understand emotion altogether.

  1. . I can’t help how I feel

    Emotions are forms of judgment……

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Study: The self-control consequences of political ideology
Other coverage here:
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Oh, r-types.

They want to be victims so badly, they learn helplessness and dependence and stamp their little feet. They reject their agency and wonder why nobody takes them seriously.

Gif is completely, totally relevant.


The UK is finally putting personal finance on the school curriculum

article, to the sound of me shedding a single tear of joy;

But how much of this nannying would have been necessary if we had a decent grasp of money matters? Despair at our financial ineptitude and gullibility has driven his long campaign to make financial education a compulsory part of the national curriculum. He vowed to make this happen before his daughter, Sapphire (“Baby MSE”), reached school age. Next month, in potentially the most far-reaching public wake-up call of his career, “financial numeracy” will be taught as part of maths and “attitudes to money and debt” as part of citizenship. Baby MSE is not yet two.

“We have educated our youth into debt,” Lewis says of the student loan system. “It is a national disgrace that has caused us massive societal problems such as the payday-loan endemic. Politicians should hang their heads in shame. We got rid of the stigma of borrowing. We inured a nation to debt without educating them about when it’s good and when it’s bad. It is government-enforced debt. That has been a terrible thing for society. Not student loans as such, but lack of education. Nobody took custodial care.”

The working and underclasses will realize how they are being screwed over.

Hey, America! Listen to the Captain and follow suit! Precedent time!

Back to this article with a national treasure in the making

“We’ve got a massive deficit in pensions. Kids need to understand that. We don’t save enough. We don’t understand how to make risk-based decisions. From now on, every child in every school that has to follow the curriculum will start to understand how the competitive consumer economy works.”

Questions will not be of the theoretical three-men-digging-a-hole variety but the nitty-gritty of credit cards, APRs and payday loans. “Because of its practical nature, kids will engage. They will be turned on to maths for the first time. This is a long game. We need this right across the board for years.”

clapping well done you tony

Science says: Self-control is biological, hereditary

research coverage here;

“people who are genetically predisposed toward aggression try hard to control their anger, but have inefficient functioning in brain regions that control emotions.

In other words, self-control is, in part, biological.”

It’s a very good article.

I looooooove being right, with appropriate datasets ofc