Laozi, a 6th-century BC Chinese philosopher, remarked that “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” This ancient wisdom is just as applicable today as it was during China’s Zhou Dynasty. Alas, comparing oneself with others is a brutal human foible. In this brief video, American stand-up comedian Tom Shillue revisits Laozi’s message in a folksy yet vivid fashion. Although his argument covers well-trodden ground, his lesson is one that bears repeating. getAbstract recommends Shillue’s idea to anyone whose green-eyed monster is making life a misery.
About the Speaker
Tom Shillue is an American stand-up comedian. He hosts Red Eye, a late-night talk show on the Fox News Channel.
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