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According to Stoicism, the highest good, the supreme aim of life is virtue. Good or bad situations, events and circumstances are nothing but a chance for us to respond with virtue, and leads to happiness, success, honor, love and respect. Virtue is how one is happy and free, while shunning complexity and embracing simplicity.
The Four Virtues believed by the Stoics are Wisdom, Courage, Temperance and Justice.
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Following the virtue of courage makes one face death, misfortune and loss of respect, and still hold on to one’s principles.
Life is a battle, and many times, a futile one. It requires great courage to fight not just the negative forces, but the many vices, and life-choice...
Wisdom is the space between the event and the response. The power to choose good or bad, recognizing the reality of the event and responding with complete awareness and rationality is called wisdom.
It is the way one puts knowledge in implementation mode, guiding o...
Justice is a virtue of stoicism that puts one’s self-interest and personal good out of the equation, and puts the focus on the betterment of the world.
The virtue of justice is explained as:
Acting within limits, and not indulging in anything too much is a virtue that firmly puts it foot down on excess, which it believes lead to discontent, and dissatisfaction.
Curbing one’s desires (or self-control) leads us to work on what is essential in our lives, be it ma...
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Stoics called excellence as Arete.
"We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience."
... or always being right is heavy armor. It translate into defensiveness and posturing. This is very common and most of us have some degree of knower in us.
Needing to know everything is a sad experience for the knowers and everyone around them, because it leads to distrust, bad decision...
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