We all have our ideas about happiness and how to achieve happiness.
The main question is: Is it short term happiness? Or is it long term fulfillment?
Of course, we can enjoy the finer things in life, however, we should not forget long term happiness and fulfillment.
We will discuss what real happiness meant to the Stoics and how they were able to lead fulfilling lives and achieve long term happiness.
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“Don’t you know life is like a military campaign? One must serve on watch, another in reconnaissance, another on the front line… So it is for us—each person’s life is a kind of battle, and a long and varied one too. You must keep watch like a soldier and do everything commanded… You h...
“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil?”
According to the Stoics, the highest in life you can aim for is a virtue and all the rest will follow.
The Stoics believed in these four main virtues:
“‘If you seek tranquility, do less.’ Or (more accurately) do what’s essential—what the logos of a social being requires, and in the requisite way. Which brings a double satisfaction: to do less, better. Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’...
“And a commitment to justice in your own acts. Which means: thought and action resulting in the common good. What you were born to do.”
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.31
This is about following your path and doing what is right....
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