I heard a quote the other day:
“Compassion arises spontaneously from wisdom.”
For a perfect world then we must all strive to be wise.
People have criticized Tim Ferriss all over the blogosphere for lacking that essential human characteristic: Compassion.
I think people often make this claim about anybody who is a good marketer. It is presumed that to be a successful self-promoter we must lose our compassion for other human beings.
My wife and I went to see the Hunger Games last night.
Among many thing, what I took away from the movie was this simple lesson:
To be successful, and in order to survive, we must win the hearts and minds of others.
How do we do this? We must seek to become wise.
The wise person does no harm onto others. Their acts are always based on compassion.
Our heroin in the Hunger Games “Katniss Everdeen” teaches us a lot about compassion.
The world is full of aggressive, self-centered people.
They know no other way to survive; I assume this is a learned behavior. I like to think inside each and every one of us is a wise, ancient being.
Our bodies are wise.
They are based on ancient genetic instructions. The processes that function without our knowledge each and every day are trending towards homeostasis: An equilibrium of perfect health and well-being.
We link intelligence with cognitive reasoning, a process of our brain. But it is actually our bodies that are wise; in order to find better health it is our minds that we need to exercise. Or possibly remove from the equation all together.
There are essentially three things we control:
1. Our rate of breathing and movement.
2. What we chose to put into our bodies
3. And how we treat others
The rest of that which keeps us alive is a function independent of our minds.
In the Hunger Games our heroin is told she needs to make people like her in order to survive. She is perplexed by this. She says “I don’t know how to make people like me”.
But she already had the essential components:
Courage and wisdom. With that came spontaneous compassion.
These are traits we all admire.
I am sure many who read the 4 Hour Body, like me, are also fans of the 4 Hour Workweek. We are looking for somebody else to teach us how to be successful in life.
If we try to implement the principles of the 4 Hour Workweek we will inevitably find ourselves surrounded by many of the same typical shady characters.
I can’t tell you how many times a day I get emails from people “kindly” offering to build links for my websites, get me more Facebook likes, or teach me the 9 rules of successful marketing that will make me a millionaire overnight.
I ignore them.
The path is simple.
The 4 Hour Workweek has been criticized over and over again for being a scam. I just don’t see it.
Tim talks about some essentials components that I associate with wisdom: Creating a minimalist life that is not focused around money: “The New Rich” i.e. a person who has freedom of time.
With time and travel and experience and disconnecting money from happiness, creating a self-sustaining life that frees us from greed and the expectations of others.
The rat race can transform the most well-intentioned person into a jealous, angry consumerist. I feel like anything that trends away from this type of life is moving us in a positive direction.
The 4 Hour Body has a lot to do with getting out of the way of your bodies innate ability to trend towards better health.
This is also a noble truth.
The end of the Hunger Games is predictable and idealist but I think the point is made.
The true winners in life will always focus on the well-being of others. Have the courage to do so, the wisdom that comes with believing in oneself and the compensatory compassion.
Because, if you have these things, you will have health and yes, most likely wealth. And when it comes time to check out: “An honorable and meaningful life.”