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Jan 30, 2019 14:45:49


by @basilesamel PATRON | 215 words | 388πŸ”₯ | 436πŸ’Œ

Basile Samel

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Greeks believed men and women were originally not two but one single entity called Androgynous. Androgynous threatened the gods, so Zeus divided them to better conquer them. Soul mates are but two parts of the same Androgynous soul, and this is why humans seek their better half since the dawn of time.

We seek wholeness. One could say, we strive for perfection.

Everybody knows that nobody is perfect, meaning, humankind will always hope for a better tomorrow and perfection is a never-ending quest. However, what matters in the quest for perfection is the journey, not the destination.

People who seek perfection turns to practices of gradual self-improvement.

Self-improvement is a misleading term. In fact, self-improvement is not about being more, it's about knowing yourself. Know thyself is old Greek wisdom.

You improve yourself through self-knowledge because it enables self-control.

Once you manage to discipline your thoughts and emotions, you can act more freely toward your goals.

Thus, perfection is not about eliminating imperfections. It is about understanding and accepting them so that they can be turned into strengths.

The quest for perfection is an attempt at minimizing the chaos of life, which is bound to fail, though it can still improve significantly the quality of said life.

Mastery is my goal, and it's perfectly human.

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    @basilesamel You CANNOT << discipline your thoughts and emotions>>. you can only discipline your acts. You have no influence on what you think, and your thoughts create emotions. You can choose not to act on them. You can practice to stop them from taking over, but there is no escape…

    Yes, self-improvement is not a good term. Life is about knowing yourself, and the more we know ourselves the more we grow (out of old skins ;-))).

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 31, 2019 10:42:57
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    @basilesamel Mastery! Indeed the "cure" for the search for perfection. I neglected that in my post on the subject, thanks for reminding me. Definitely my quest in my new writing fever! Not just in writing itself, more mastering the process and finally harnessing my love of words to my life goals.

    Thanks for the history lesson. The Greeks were wise but I don't think they got it right every time. I don't, for example, subscribe to the idea of a soul mate or "other half" any more (amazing connections, yes!) In Spanish they call it looking for your "half orange" - I want to be a whole orange and find another whole orange with whom to spend time with - for mutual benefit, without neediness or energy drainage that a "half" implies (what's missing from you that you need another half to complete?!)

    I feel another post coming on...!

    Arthur Kendall avatar Arthur Kendall | Jan 30, 2019 22:56:05
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      @basilesamel @arthurkendall I must disagree! partly :-))) I believe there cannot be a full real relationship without some "neediness". Its like this microorganisms, which merge into one, and then split and exist separately, to merge again... and again... To be in a true relationship you need to be true yourself and... we just ARE NEEDY sometimes. Sometimes we are defenceless, vulnerable and when with someone loving and open to us, we merge, for a bit.
      @philh what do you think?

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 31, 2019 10:33:25
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