Is my intellect up to this?

This morning I read again good old Marcus and was confronted by two passages that stopped me in my tracks.

7.5 and 7.7

I’ll provide the exact quotes in a bit, but first I’m going to ask /you/ a question:

Do you do bullshit like this?

  • Wanting to appear “smart” and “knowledgeable”, you don’ t ask advice, but instead try to figure it out yourself.
  • Would feel bad if a task would be delegated forward to someone else who already has more skill relevant to it.
  • Spend time “Googling harder” instead of just posting a question to a forum.
  • Not team up with the right people, because you don’t like them or you want all the credit, putting your own resentment or interests above the interest of the community.
  • Trying to solve a problem when already burned-out, tired and way past the point of this being productive or constructive anymore.
  • Not ask for help, until it all gets so bad that someone gives it, whether you want or not.

You don’t?

Good, neither do I…. So we’re all set, nothing to see here.

Here are the quotes anyway, just in case you’d need reminders some day:

“Is my intellect up to this? If so, then I’ll put it to work, like a tool provided by nature. And if it isn’t, then I’ll turn the job over to someone who can do better—unless I have no choice.

Or I do the best I can with it, and collaborate with whoever can make use of it, to do what the community needs done. Because whatever I do—alone or with others—can aim at one thing only: what squares with those requirements. “

Marcus Aurelius 7.5

“Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what? “

Marcus Aurelius 7.7

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