Never lose self-respect
With this Never lose respect for yourself, Gracián moves us again. Now, with this aphorism, he warns us of a little-noticed danger despite its proximity, as is the lack of respect that we sometimes project against ... ourselves.
Aphorism 50: «Do not rub yourself alone. Let his own integrity be the norm of his rectitude, and devote more to the severity of his opinion than to all the extrinsic precepts. Dexe de hazer the indecent more by the fear of his sanity than by the rigor of the agena authority. Be afraid, and you will not need the imaginary school of Seneca. »
Educated people tend to respect others. And although sometimes, we do not agree with them, we maintain a low level of criticism regarding them. Moreover, if our office is that of sellers.
Of course there are exceptions in which people should not be silent and yes fight for their convictions! But to do so permanently, towards anyone and almost every time , may be a sign of poor judgment, clumsiness or carelessness. And almost always a prophecy of future evils!
Gracián, however, does not speak here about respect for others but about what we owe to ourselves. And just as there are also moments to reproach ourselves or what we have done wrong, the prudent thing is that, in the necessary personal criticism, we act on ourselves with the same education with which we usually show to others. For that reason, with a beautiful expression, Gracian tells us, Gracian: « Do not rub along with it alone s.» Sometimes, in the periodic examinations to which we submit or have established, the severity of the analysis regarding what we have done or failed to do, "rubs" us, hurts us, by insisting on the wound.
The failure to achieve our goals hurts us and the revision of what we have not achieved despite our efforts to do so, even more so. Gracian discourages us, however, such behavior. The wounds that things cause us should not be aggravated by worry or remorse, but be healed with the balm of knowledge of the causes we have encountered. So it is not the lack of analysis that advises, but the permanence in the pain of the loss.
It is our own character-our integrity, thought, the firmness of our moral principles-the main norm with the we must judge ourselves, with preference to any extrinsic precepts . A righteous man is a righteous man, and because of that, his principles have more value and strength of obligation than the laws themselves. Baltasar speaks to us that it must be the fear of our conscience, and not only the laws, that should guide our actions. « Dexe de hazer the indecent more for the fear of his sanity than for the rigor of the authority authority.»
Our convictions and moral beliefs must occupy the role of judge in our conscience; and whose existence or respect, should make us fear it as much as if it were an external authority.
In that case, the man of character - the Prudent Man - will not need any external source of exemplary behavior ... although that source is the beloved grandfather (3) of Seneca, whom Gracián admires and respects.
Miguel Villarroya Martín /Madrid/Spain/July 25, 2016, day of Santiago el Mayor. Pattern of Spain.(Other works are harder to read, but not) And of course read and meditate on his wisdom. I have already told you before but now I repeat, the venerable and ancient Gracián, could pass for an excellent mentor for the sellers of today .
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(1): This aphorism with its comments, was published a few years ago, more briefly, at number 16 - Winter Almanac: December 2007/January 2008 -, from my magazine More and Better Real Estate Sales.
The original text of the aphorism presented (the Aphorism 50: Never lose self-respect) has been extracted from the First Edition of the Manual Oracle and Art of Prudence, by Baltasar Gracián, published in Huesca, Aragón, in 1647. And it is presented with the original spelling. Book scanned by Google Books.
(2) The Seneca imaginary tutor , is the conscience itself, who should direct us with the same diligence and affection with which a grandfather leads his beloved grandchild. Diligence and affection, both things, demand and help, direction and comfort. A grandfather gives both.
See Political, economic and singular maximas: deduced from different rules and ..., , the maximum 174 , the one that begins with : - «Judicious man then probe the bottom of ...» and ends precisely with the same reference to the Seneca imaginary ayo em> . In the book written by Alonso de Acevedo, published in the printing press of Juan Francisco Blas de Quesada, Seville, 1731. Book scanned by Google Books .
(3) The image used is a fragment of the one found in Wikipedia , which, as we read in it, is it is an anonymous author's picture, found in Graus. (Graus is a Spanish town and municipality of la Ribagorza , in the province of Huesca ). In that figure as an image of D. P. From this image a fragment has been taken, and passed through the pencil effect of Photofunia . We thank everyone for using this image.
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