“The wish to escape, to run from danger, to seek solace at the mother’s side, is probably a universal human tendency. It is present in all people, male and female, old and young.”

David Gilmore

It seems like we live in a snowflakes world. What is a snowflake? For this article, I’ll define it as a person that gets offended easily, and that also believes that the world should have some decency and behave in the ways that they’d like to be treated.

Fair, we all deserve decent treatment, given that we are surrounded by supposedly same species creatures. …

El Español tiene una palabra que me encanta para referirse al valentía, gallardía. ¿Qué te imaginas cuando digo, un hombre gallardo? Yo me imagino un hombre, o una mujer, que no le teme a lo que quiere, tampoco le teme a las limitantes, me imagino una persona en movimiento hacía lo que puede llegar a ser, a lo que puede llegar a ganar.

Son cuatro las virtudes estoicas: la templanza, la sabiduría, la justicia, y la valentía. El valor me parece la más importante de todas. ¿Por qué? Porque no puedes aplicar las demás si no eres valiente primero.


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“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I believe my unconscious mind is trying to tell me something very important. I’m not entirely sure what it is, but writing always helps me clear my mind. Let’s see.

I had a crazy dream last night, right before waking up. I always dream intensely at the last moments of sleep. I was working, in some weird offices with 5 or 6 people. I had to do some tasks I wasn’t particularly happy about doing, so I wanted to get out. But, getting out wasn’t…

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“Unlimited possibilities are not suited to man; if they existed, his life would only dissolve in the boundless. To become strong, a man’s life needs the limitations ordained by duty and voluntarily accepted. The individual attains significance as a free spirit only by surrounding himself with these limitations and by determining for himself what his duty is.” — The I Ching or Book of Changes, Hexagram 60

Determining for himself what his duty is.

I don’t have to write anything if I don’t want to. I am fortunate enough to have a day job. It is not terribly fun, nor…

The 5 Hindrances with Stoic Comments on Self-Mastery

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“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”

Marcel Proust

There is a mountain only you can climb. The mountain of your life.

I’ve always loved to explore. The best Saturdays I could have in my hometown back when I was a teenager consisted of putting on my ugly running shoes, filling my camelbak to the top, grabbing a couple of snacks from the kitchen, driving to the city’s outskirts, and running towards nowhere land.

Not knowing where I was heading was the fun…

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Has somebody received more honour than you at a feast or in a greeting or in receiving advice? If these things are appropriate, you should be happy they happen to that person. If they are inappropriate, then don’t be bothered that they don’t happen to you. Remember that you cannot claim the same things if you don’t do the same things to get what is not in our control. For how can somebody get the same things as someone who visits a man’s door frequently if he doesn’t visit the door frequently? Or get the same as someone who escorts…

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I love climbing up a good big and scary mountain. I hate, with all my heart though, the alpine morning. Waking up at 12 AM or 1 AM so that you can get to the summit by sunrise sucks hard. Sunrise is beautiful, there’s no denying that, but waking up cold in the middle of the night, trying to eat something when you aren’t remotely hungry, and waiting for your friends in the cold until they’re ready (and they take 50 hours), bah, not so fun.

I’m not a good regular sleeper either, I struggle to sleep even in my…

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From the point of view of the imminence of death, one thing counts, and one alone: to strive always to have the essential rules of life present in one’s mind, and to keep placing oneself in the fundamental disposition of the philosopher, which consists essentially in controlling one’s inner discourse, in doing only that which is of benefit to the human community, and in accepting the events brought to us by the course of the Nature of the All.
Pierre Hadot

I have to say, this Stoic paragraph from Pierre Hadot sounds a lot like Buddhism.

The Stoic Inner…

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” — Marcus Aurelius

Have you ever noticed the ridiculous amount of ‘men’ products in the beauty section of the supermarkets? It’s ridiculous and luring at the same time.

They are selling you manhood in the beauty section. My favorite wax has a pirate skull as a label. You tell me, do you really believe a pirate concerned himself as much with the way he looked? I really don’t think so.

It’s all about the sell though, and they are winning. Each time you buy Old Spice or…

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“You cannot imagine what sorrow and anger seize one’s whole soul when a great idea, which one has long and piously revered, is picked up by some bunglers and dragged into the street, to more fools like themselves, and one suddenly meets it in the flea market, unrecognizable, dirty, askew, absurdly presented, without proportion, without harmony, a toy for stupid children.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Demons

When I was a teenager, I believed deep in my soul I was going to be possessed by a dark entity.

It all began with a friend taking out of his pocket a small bag…

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo

Mountaineer, writer, Stoic, Gryffindor.

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