MindHack Digest: Vice or Virtue?

Happy Monday!

In an ancient Greek parable called The Choice of Hercules, young Hercules was walking down a path when he encountered a crossroad. On the left, the goddess of virtue appears; on the right, the goddess of vice appears.

Kaia, the goddess of vice, tells Hercules that her name is Happiness. She promises Hercules a life of pleasure, he will not have to work a day in his life; he can eat all that he wants and sleep with as many people as he desires. And he will live out his life without ever encountering hardship.

Arete, the goddess of virtue, tells Hercules that if he chooses to follow her, his life will extraordinarily challenging. He will be constantly faced with adversities and pain. But in the end, he will experience true joy and wisdom, and he will achieve greatness.

Hercules chose the path of virtue and went on to become a hero of Rome and a God.

“What would have become of Hercules do you think if there had been no lion, hydra, stag or boar - and no savage criminals to rid the world of? What would he have done in the absence of such challenges? Obviously he would have just rolled over in bed and gone back to sleep. So by snoring his life away in luxury and comfort he never would have developed into the mighty Hercules. And even if he had, what good would it have done him? What would have been the use of those arms, that physique, and that noble soul, without crises or conditions to stir into him action?” - Epictetus (discourses, 15 - against the skeptics)

- Cody

Coolest Finds of the Week

We Don’t Just Need to Connect — We Need to Reconnect

(5m Read) Rekindling dormant ties can bring unexpected benefits to our lives. Especially during this difficult time.

www.nytimes.comShare

Stoicism in a Time of Pandemic: How Marcus Aurelius Can Help

(6m Read) The Meditations, by a Roman emperor who died in a plague named after him, has much to say about how to face fear, pain, anxiety and loss

www.theguardian.comShare

People Consistently Underestimate How Much They Benefit From Being Kind

(7m Read) How compassion unlocks our capacity for self-improvement.

www.inverse.comShare

8 Habits of Super-Productive People Who Work From Home

(10m Read) After years of working from coffee shops and personal home desks, there’s one thing I’m sure of — working remotely takes a lot of purposeful planning. Working from home is fantastic… right up until…

medium.comShare

3 Tips to Avoid WFH Burnout

(5m Read) So you were forced to work from home because of the Corona Virus pandemic. Don’t worry! Here’s how to leave work at the door when you don’t leave the house.

hbr.orgShare

Shipwrecked! How Social Isolation Can Enrich Our Spiritual Lives – Like Robinson Crusoe

(8m Read) Isolation. Despair. Facing our demons. What does the most-translated novel tell us about living with COVID-19?

theconversation.comShare

By Cody McLain

Get a head-start to your week with the latest news and articles involving Productivity, Business, Science, Psychology Technology and more. Cody is a successful serial entrepreneur who creates and shares content around helping you live a more successful and meaningful life.

Tweet Share

If you don't want these updates anymore, please unsubscribe here.

If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here.

Powered by Revue

503 Neches St. Austin, TX 78701