11 when we compare

Erich Fromm observed how all great teachers ‘have arrived at essentially the same norms of living, the essence of these norms being that the overcoming of greed, illusions, and hate, and the attainment of love and compassion, rare the conditions for obtaining optimal living.’*

When we compare ourselves to others, when we see ourselves as better or worse and act accordingly, we all lose.

When we compare ourselves with our future selves, when we see the potential we have to keep improving and developing until the day we die, and when we follow this path, everyone wins.

(*From Erich Fromm’s The Art of Being.)

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