“You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say.” – Marcus Aurelius
Our reality is humble. We are each only one of 7 billion people, even more if we stretch this out through time. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people enter and depart life. This isn’t meant to make us feel less valuable, but to lend perspective. Our victories, large as they may seem to us, are unknown to the majority of the 7 billion others we share this world with. Our failures are similar, big to us but largely irrelevant to the vast majority of people who have ever lived. Because of this, we can be free to pursue the right thing always without lust for success or fear of failure. Life is too short for anything else.