It is perfectly normal for us to feel sad at times
It is perfectly normal for us to feel sad at times. No one I know lives without experiencing periodic moments of sadness – at least to some degree.
Whenever we have set unrealistic expectations on ourselves or others and our reality does not live up to these unrealistic fantasies, we experience sadness.
Sadness and depression do not have to be perceived as terrible afflictions though. They could be seen as fruitful feedback mechanisms to our conscious mind that guide or initiate us to go back and set more realistic goals and expectations, or clarify realistic strategies to achieve our desires.
Yet, certainly, the wise learn many things from their enemies; for caution preserves all things. From a friend you could not learn this, but your foe immediately obliges you to learn it. For example, the states have learned from enemies, and not from friends, to build lofty walls, and to possess ships of war. And this lesson preserves children, house, and possessions.
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It’s saying no.
That’s your first hint that something’s alive. It says no. That’s how you know a baby is starting to turn into a person. They run around saying no all day, throwing their aliveness at everything to see what it’ll stick to. You can’t say no if you don’t have desires and opinions and wants of your own. You wouldn’t even want to.
No is the heart of thinking.