A Brief Intermission

by Christopher Lovejoy on February 15, 2021

I find myself in the middle of a dry run to articulate the ultimate in personal fulfillment.

What started as a blog post two weeks ago is fast becoming a treatise on the ultimate in personal fulfillment, involving classical, philosophical notions such as hedonia, eudaimonia, entheos, hērōs, euthymia, arêté, the summum bonum, and prohairesis (pr. pro-high-ruh-cease).

Reasoned choice ~ prohairesis, as the Stoics called it ~ is a kind of invincibility exemplified with calm and care, like the seasoned media pro who shrugs off hostile attacks, breezes through pressures and problems, and then, when finished, pointing back into the crowd and saying, “Next!”

who then is invincible?
those who cannot be upset by anything
outside their reasoned choice

~ Epictetus, Discourses, 1.18.21

I bring up this notion of prohairesis for the simple reason that any attempt to advance and excel beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary is bound to attract and manifest atypical, unusual challenges or difficulties, ones that have never been encountered or experienced before.

Onward and upward.

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