On anger (iii)

Calm down, young man! Why are you taking so personally the failings of another human? Don’t forget that he cannot take your peace of mind from you unless you surrender it willingly. Look at your situation, and what this person has selfishly done, and ask yourself: Is it worth getting so riled up about so trivial a matter? You still have your freedom, your health, your intellect. Maybe if he threatened one of those you’d have the right to feel annoyed. Anything else is better left to indifference unless you wish to lose sleep over minor slights. And if this is a matter you have some power to correct or overcome, then do that instead of whining about the injustices committed by one ant against another.

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