Zen Pencils: Inspiring people with cartoon work

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Why you should visit this website: wisdom doesn’t have to be judgmental; no human beings are born perfect, and we are all prone to making mistakes. But, one good thing about humanity, again, is our automatic tendencies to never cease reminding each other to learn from our misdeeds, to not repeat the same errors, and to live life with a wider perspective. Somehow, we also must realize that not all people are ready for feedback, in particular if it sounds harsh and superiority-inducing to one another. Gavin Aung Than, an Australian freelance cartoonist, has one creative approach to fill the void: make the fullest out of his passion – drawing adorable characters – to disseminate those messages of wisdom, preferably in a humorous and self-evaluating manner. And there comes Zen Pencils: with wise quoting by well-honored public figures, Gavin wants to prove, once more, that spreading wisdom doesn’t always have to be uni-directional. Thank you, Gavin!

Linkhttp://zenpencils.com/

What Epictetus would like to say to flatterers

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“This hammer is reserved only for sycophants and hypocrites…”

 

Had the Greek philosopher lived up to 21st century, and looked at what happens to the world today, he could have seen his own sayings survive for more than two millennia, and goes on reverberating to the future, far, probably very far beyond.

 

“If you throw some nuts and cookies on a road, you will eventually see children come, pick them up, and start to argue and fight for them. Adults would not fight for such things. And even children would not pick up the nuts’ empty shells.

For a wise man, the wealth, the glory, and the rewards of this world are like sweets or empty shells on a road. Let the children pick them up and fight for them. Let them kiss the hands of the rich men, the rulers, and their servants. For the wise one, all these are but empty shells.” 

 

Bonus: Epictetus died in 135 AD. And his words still ring true, and hard, thousands of years beyond his demise.