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A west African philosophy of calm

Stressed out? Discover west African philosophy's approach to instant calm.

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Among the Yoruba people, an ethnic group spanning Nigeria, Togo, and Benin, "itutu" is a highly esteemed quality used to describe someone as unhurried, composed, assured, and unflappable. People with "itutu" remain calm in situations like late buses or sudden rain, accepting life's troubles as part of the natural order.

This tranquility comes from understanding "àsé," which signifies destiny, existence, or the cosmic order. Yoruba philosophy teaches that humans can't alter what's governed by "àsé," but enlightened individuals should adjust their desires accordingly.

"Itutu" not only brings wisdom but also physical attractiveness and a sense of being "cool." This leads many young Yoruba to adopt its signs when having their portraits taken.

Vocabulary:

• Unflappable: Remaining composed and not easily upset.

• Equanimity: Mental calmness and composure, especially in difficult situations.

• Enlightenment: Gaining a deep understanding of a subject or situation.

• Frantic: Acting in a hurried, panicked, and disorganized way.

Source: School of life

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