Think as if your thoughts are being continuously sampled

Not only do you never know who’s tuning in, but it’s the only way to ensure consistency and congruence with your actions.

“We ought to check in the series of our thoughts everything that is without a purpose and useless, but most of all the overcurious feeling and the malignant; and a man should use himself to think of those things only about which if one should suddenly ask, What are you thinking about? With perfect openness you might immediately answer this or that; so that from your words it should be plain that everything in you is simple and benevolent, as benefits a social animal, one that is unconcerned with pleasure, sensual enjoyments, rivalry, envy, suspicion, or any other thoughts that you would blush to admit.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (Book III, 4).

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