Michel de Montaigne On Self Esteem

Michel de Montaigne was a french philosopher born in 1533.

He was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance  and is popularly thought of as the father of Modern Skepticism.

He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdote. Like linking human nature to bowel movements and eating so fast you nibble your fingers by accident.

Montaigne thought we were surrounded by the wrong role models.

They don’t give space to what most of us are actually like. This can lead to self hatred when we fail to make the grade.

This is why Montaigne, with his books, spent his time telling us ordinary everyday things about himself. Like how he liked to fart, and tales of impotency…

It was his goal to insert into his essays all those parts of human nature which are part  of our shared reality- but which never get mentioned in philosophy books. To encourage us to accept the ordinary in ourselves.

I hope this blog post left you with some food for thought.

Wishing you lots of very enjoyable, normal fun.