deepstash

Beta

Get an account to save ideas & make your own & organize them how you wish.

STASHES TO GET YOU STARTED

© Brainstash, Inc

deepstash

Beta

The Most Important Practice in Stoic Philosophy

"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? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own…"

Epictetus

88 SAVES


This is a professional note extracted from an online article.

Read more efficiently

Save what inspires you

Remember anything

IDEA EXTRACTED FROM:

The Most Important Practice in Stoic Philosophy

The Most Important Practice in Stoic Philosophy

https://forge.medium.com/remember-you-dont-control-what-happens-you-control-how-you-respond-b752443e1065

forge.medium.com

2

Key Ideas

"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? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own…"

"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? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own…"

How to respond

We can’t control the existence of the new virus but we can control how we respond.

  • Practice social distancing as much as possible.
  • Cancel or postpone any events that you have planned, or make them remote.
  • Practice safety measures, like washing your hands.
  • Help others in more vulnerable situations.
  • Hold off on visiting elderly friends or family members.
  • Don’t hoard.
  • Don’t tie up medical resources you don’t need.
  • Use your time wisely. Try a new hobby, or read up on something that interests you.
  • Batch your online orders to reduce the need for inefficient shipments.
  • Don’t spread misinformation.
  • If you get sick, isolate yourself at home as long as symptoms remain moderate.
  • Cherish the people you love.

SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Control What You Can

Due to the new virus spreading across the globe, people are yelling on TV, hoarding toilet paper, perpetuating conspiracy theories, and acting racist. All of this is not helping stop the spread of ...

Flatten The Curve

A few things we can do on our part to ‘flatten the curve’, prevent overloading of medical professionals and slow the spread of the virus:

  • Follow the advice from the World Health Organization.
  • Wash your hands, sneeze with caution and don’t touch your face.
  • Avoid shaking hands with others, or press buttons at public places.
  • Avoid large public gatherings, and cancel any non-essential travel and work meetings.
  • Don’t believe that you are the exception, and do not endanger others.
  • If you feel sick, or even if you don’t (but you believe you may have been exposed to the virus), it is best to stay at home. 
  • Practice social distancing, avoiding any social events, reducing face-to-face interactions.

Precautions During The Pandemic

  • Get into a complete Work From Home mode if it applies to you, and to other people who may report to you.
  • Cancel or postpone any upcoming events that you may be organizing, making them remote access/online only.
  • Help the elderly who may be at risk by going outside to buy essential commodities.
  • Do not visit elderly family members, to avoid any transmission to them.
  • Do not hoard essential goods, avoiding long lines at the stores, and definitely do not hoard medical resources.

one more idea

Stoicism: the art of staying calm

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy that was founded by Zeno of Citium, in Athens, in the early 3rd century BC.
It is an ancient tool for remaining calm in adversity, a philosophical ...

“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skilful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”

“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skilful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”

“Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”

“Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”

8 more ideas

Pandemic Anxiety

Excessive anxiety around this global pandemic is becoming a mental health epidemic across the world.

While a certain amount of stress is useful, it needs to be channelled to help us act in t...

Times of Uncertainty

Humans subconsciously look for self-protective assumptions when faced with uncertain situations, and different personalities have a different level of ‘optimism bias’. This bias, however, has the opposite effect when faced with a life-threatening, invisible enemy.

Those who have faced adverse situations can turn to panic buying and hoarding, with some feeling empathy towards others as well.

Talking To Children

Children think of the world as a safe, good place, as they are shielded from the worst aspects. With this new virus, we need to help them adjust, telling them to stay home as there is a strange bug outside that makes elders sick and can be spread easily to them. They also need reassurance and age-appropriate answers to help them comprehend the situation.
Example: You can tell them that kids seem to not get very sick from this, but it affects older people more

2 more ideas