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Introduction

Some Ideas Discussed In Living Sanely

  • A critical part of living sanely is to understand that you need to focus your energies on the things you can change, and not waste energy on things that can be ignored.

    This cartoon is an illustration of that principle. If the things being thrown at you are not going to hit you, don’t waste energy on reaching out to your arms to deflect them. Just let them go by.

    Focus only on the dangers that are really going to harm you.

    News about world events? Mostly stress that serves no purpose. Ignore them.

    Insults, real or imagined? Let them go.

    Family tension? Better to focus on the positive?

  • It’s not because material possessions are bad, but because they’re often very good, that it’s easy to lose focus.

  • The real test is how long a person can maintain their values in the face of adversity.

  • Living for yourself is as natural as eating or breathing.

  • To destroy what is evil is often to protect what is good.

  • Lust is basically a good and powerful force, if you follow four rules.

  • Work is the activity most conducive to living sanely.

  • The means justify the ends, not vice-versa.

  • Don’t compare yourself to others; focus on improving your own situation.

  • Perhaps God is not omnipotent.

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