The Virtue Of Contentment

The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC) believed that the best way for people to live was to focus on self-development rather than the pursuit of material wealth. According to him, if a person is truly wise he will not be obsessed with material possessions. Socrates lived by this virtue and lived an extremely simple life – he even refused to wear shoes.
According to historians, Socrates loved to visit the market place, not to buy things but only to stare at the merchandise on display. He enjoyed visiting the market place because he could see many material things that he was perfectly happy without.
Let us ask ourselves, “What am I truly happy without?” The answers to this question will reveal much about us, our relationship with other human beings, our level of contentment, and our overall outlook in life. Great wealth will not give us contentment. For we brought nothing in this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
(source:internet)

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10 comments:

  1. Socrates is my favourite philosopher. I try to be grateful for what I have and not to be sad for things I do not have. Happiness does not come from materials, it comes from within and happiness within is ever lasting while materials does not last forever. :)

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  2. Welcome and thanks Avatar, for sharing your wisdom:
    ..'Happiness does not come from materials, it comes from within and happiness within is ever lasting while materials does not last forever...

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  3. So true, SO true, alot of people tho will take their last dollar with them to their grave. where it will do no one any good. "THE Lord giveth and the Lord takes away"

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  4. Truthful words:
    ..."THE Lord giveth and the Lord takes away"..'
    Thanks Lilyruth for sharing your wisdom.
    God bless.

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  5. Very well said! Accumulating wealth is not the end of life. The best example that I can think of here is that of Alexander, the Great. He chose to die with his palms facing upwards and empty, so that people could know that he too is going empty-handed from this world.
    Thanks for sharing such noble, elevating and inspiring words.

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  6. You have rightly said Amritbir Kaur Ji that '....Accumulating wealth is not the end of life...'
    Thaks for sharing a befitting example of Alexander The Great.
    God bless.

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  7. Simplicity in most matters will bring us closer to that which is divine...

    Have a great day brother,

    Cyrus

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  8. Yes, I fully agree with your noble thoughts:
    ..'Simplicity in most matters will bring us closer to that which is divine...
    Thanks my brother Cyrus Rumi, for sharing your wisdom.
    God bless.

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  9. Thanks Surjitji for taking a moment to see my blog...I like this blog specifically to my daughter...she says it very useful to her study..Thanks once again...

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  10. Thanks Jenny, for your words of appreciation.I am glad that your daughter has liked my blog.God bless you all.

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