This Is How You Change The World | Ryan Holiday | Daily Stoic Podcast

This Is How You Change The World | Ryan Holiday | Daily Stoic Podcast



making a difference is up to you look there's no way around it part of Stoicism is about accepting that a lot of what happens in the world is outside of our control some people have taken this to mean that the Stoics were resigned that they are willing to tolerate the status quo and despair of the idea of improving the world or society of course this is rather silly considering that Marcus Aurelius and Cato and Seneca were all active in political life and that the Stoics directly inspired George Washington Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to found a new nation still it is true that part of stoicism is accepting what is outside of our control but it's that last part that is the important part the stoke accepts what is outside their influence or power to change when they can affect change though well the stoic dives right in earlier this year believed Mycoskie the founder of TOMS shoes and as it happens a longtime student of the Stoics particularly Marcus Aurelius got a call from his wife after yet another tragic shooting as he describes it my wife called me very emotional and was afraid of taking our son to school she kept reciting all the recent shootings on the phone and before we got off she said someone must do something about it she was not suggesting me per say I got off and a higher power put a thought in my mind and it was simply if not me then who if not now and when in other words Blake came to think and feel that given his success as an entrepreneur his track record as a leader and his platform as the owner of a large and well-known company perhaps it was in his control to do something about the problem of gun violence in America was he delusional to think that he could solve the problem completely all by himself no did he think it would be easy or simple or happen all at once no but he did think he had at least some power to make a difference and so he got to work first Tom's committed to giving five million dollars to groups on the ground fighting to reduce gun violence which happens to be the single largest corporate donation ever for that cause but he did not stop it simply giving money away he also built a tool that made it possible for every single American who wanted to to go to Tom's comm and fill it a quick form that would send a free physical postcard to their congressional representative asking for just one thing requiring universal background checks for anyone buying a gun something that 90% of Americans support and then Blake went on an active exhausting media tour to spread awareness of this tool launching it from The Tonight Show and many other outlets in less than five days more than half a million citizens participated tens of thousands more are filling it out every hour well universal background checks stopped every school shooting and totally end gun violence of course not even if common sense gun reform legislation is passed will it be entirely because of this campaign no obviously not but this campaign will help and it will make things better it has the potential to make a little bit of difference that's enough especially if other people or rather we follow its lead when 90% of Americans are in favor of universal background checks glaive told us it is not a political issue anymore it is a human issue we all want to be more safe all I am trying to do is bring people together to have politicians listen to the people they're supposed to represent because our voice can be heard when we make it loud enough it all starts with individual actions and if enough happened it cannot be ignored history shows us that over and over stoicism is not pull it apathy it's not complete and total emotionless Ness either you can see just how deeply felt Blake's feelings are on this issue when he breaks down crying about it on live television what stoicism is about is making a difference we have the ability to make a difference about reallocating our energy from fruitless anger self-pity focusing it instead towards productive ends it's about being strategic and empathetic life is short Marcus Aurelius said and the fruit of this life is good character and acts for the common good that's what Blake TOMS shoes are doing more power to them you know you can see our full interview with Blake about stoicism at daily stoic calm I encourage you to read it and we urge you to consider using the tool at Tom's calm to urge your representatives to help in gun violence I say that as someone who went hunting on the very morning that I am recording this podcast for you don't think this is a political issue I don't think as someone who is a supporter of the Second Amendment I don't think that universal background checks represent anything but a common sense protection that will hopefully keep at least some crazy dangerous people from getting their hands on firearms or at least making it harder for them to do so and look if people can contribute to passing the legislation that makes that possible it won't solve the entire problem but it won't make things worse and I think very clearly it will make things better so go to Tom's comm and of course read our interview with Blake daily still calm thanks for watching please subscribe below for more content from daily stoic

3 thoughts on “This Is How You Change The World | Ryan Holiday | Daily Stoic Podcast

  • When I saw the Tom's Shoe guy crying on an anti gun supporting show I immediately thought of AOC crying outside of a parking lot fence to make us think she was looking at "caged" illegal Invaders. Tom's Shoes – dispreferred indifferent.

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