We intend Acceptance as the Latin ‘consensus’.
We have the duty to struggle against the difficulties of life. Not being vegetative plants, we need more than some water and sunlight. And we are not motionless stones in need of nothing.
Moreover, we have an obligation to fight against the worst sides of ourselves. We have the duty to resume control over our prejudices, limitations, weaknesses.
In short, we have two front lines: the external and the internal. But aggressiveness is not the quality we need to endure both battles. Certainly, an assertive attitude is good. Nonetheless, we should display HUMILITY in accepting the course of reality when it proves stronger than our ambitions and illusions.
We intend Acceptance as the Latin ‘consensus’. It does not mean passivity or inactivity in confronting the forces which constantly mould and determine our world. It is realism, CONCRETENESS and pragmatism in respecting all things and circumstances which play a role in our lives.
When swimming in an impetuous river, it is evidence of one’s DETERMINATION the struggle to reach the left bank or the right bank. No one likes being dragged away by the flow of the river. It is an uncomfortable situation. However, it would be unrealistic and dangerous to try and swim the opposite way of the tide. In fact, swimming against the river’s force would require an enormous effort. An effort which is likely to prove completely useless. But such an endeavour might be fatal. The paradox would be losing life instead of being pushed onward.
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