More on ataraxia

The British philosopher and author Prof AC Grayling comments that “Passion suggests something active to us,” he says. “But if you look at the etymology of the term, it’s passive – it’s something that happens to you – like love or anger or lust – that was visited on you by the gods.

Unlike passion, you create ataraxia for “peace of mind, inner calm, strength”, Grayling says. “So when you face all the inevitables in life, all the shadows that are going to fall across life – such as losing people you care about, suffering grief, failing, making mistakes, feeling guilty – ataraxia is dealing with these shadows and is prepared for them.

But ataraxia is also learning how to relax and to have fun and making the most of each day. You need balance and harmony, especially during this covid period.

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