One sure fire recipe for disaster is to clutch onto the megalomanical dreams of your childhood. Live in the reality that infinite forces beyond your control gave to you to live in this life. Live in the reality of diminished powers, restricted freedoms, and less than perfect connections with the people around us. Waste no time thinking of things that have past of which you have no control over. Chapter Don’t Live For Schaudenfreude
Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote that “The illusion that personal gain is made of beating others is the greatest illusion of all.” Create your illusions carefully, because they are just that…illusions. If you crushed your younger brother in a tennis match, does it make you somehow a better person? If so how? If not, why would you egg him on?