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Stoicism for the modern age
Stoicism for the modern age
How can we cope with whatever the universe throws at us?The ancient philosophy explains that while we may not always have control over the events affecting us, we can have control over our actions.
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What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started
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Practical Philosophy You Can Actually Use – RyanHoliday.net
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Stoicism 101 | The Mendocino Humanist
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Chronology and Theology of Stoicism
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The Stoic Art of Negative Visualization
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Stoicism Cheat Sheet
  • In brief: 
  • Accept your fate. 
  • Have nothing you are not prepared to loose
  • Live Simply
  • Exercise self-denial
  • Accept what can not be controlled 
  • Practice missfortune
  • Live in accordance with nature
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The Stoic Egg
The Stoics thought that (practical) ethics was the most important component of their philosophy: it was about how to live one’s life in the best possible way. 

However, they also believed that it is hard to develop a viable ethics without two other components: understanding  how the world works, and appreciating the power and limits of human reasoning.

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Logos
Stoics also believed in Logos,a rational principle underlying the functioning of the universe. Now, they referred to Logos also as Zeus (God) or Nature, which leaves room both for a compatibility between Stoicism and some religious traditions.
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Stoic Theology
Stoics believed that the world is governed by the gods. They believed God operates through man via the Pneuma or divine essence. For an inanimate object, Pneuma is its physical properties, but in man Pneuma is the essence of reason which allows him to operate autonomously and interact with his environment. 

So the Stoics attempt a balance between the predetermined world created by God and the flexibility man can create through his individual personality. They will significantly influence Christianity. 

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Negative Visualisation
The premeditatio malorum(“the pre-meditation of evils”) is a Stoic exercise of imagining things that could go wrong or be taken away from us. It helps us prepare for life’s inevitable setbacks. 

We don’t always get what is rightfully ours, even if we’ve earned it. Not everything is as clean and straightforward as we think they may be. Psychologically, we must prepare ourselves for this to happen. It is one of the most powerful exercise in the Stoics’ toolkit to build resilience and strength.

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“If you’re not humble, life will visit humbleness upon you.”

- Mike Tyson

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Memento Mori

Is the ancient practice of reflection on mortalityMeditating on your mortality is only depressing if you miss the point. The idea is to use the practice as areminder to living your life to the fullest and not wasting a second.

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All is Ephemeral

If everything is ephemeral, what does matter? Right now matters. Being a good person and doing the right thing right now, that’s what matters and that’s what was important to the Stoics.

Alexander ruled the world but after a party got drunk and killed his best friend. Is this the mark of a successful life? From a personal standpoint, it matters little if your name is emblazoned on a map if you lose perspective and hurt those around you.

Learn from Alexander’s mistake. Be humble and honest and aware. That is something you can have every single day of your life. You’ll never have to fear someone taking it from you or, worse still, it taking over you.

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The Obstacle is the Way
“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been.” 
-Marcus Aurelius

To the Stoic, everything is opportunity. Including obstacles. 

There is no good or bad to the practicing Stoic. There is only perception. You control perception. You can choose to extrapolate past your first impression (‘X happened.’ –> ‘X happened and now my life is over.’). If you tie your first response to dispassion, you’ll find that everything is simply an opportunity.

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Practicing Misfortune
“It is in times of security that the spirit should be preparing itself for difficult times; ” 

-Seneca

Seneca, who enjoyed great wealth as the adviser of Nero, suggested that we ought to set aside a certain number of days each month to practice poverty. Take a little food, wear your worst clothes, get away from the comfort of your home and bed. Put yourself face to face with want, he said, you’ll ask yourself “Is this what I used to dread?”

Comfort is the worst kind of slavery because you’re always afraid that something or someone will take it away. But if you can not just anticipate but practice misfortune, then chance loses its ability to disrupt your life.

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“In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices.”

- Epitectus

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Stoicism Foundation
Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC, but was famously practiced by the likes of Epictetus, Cato, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius

The philosophy asserts that virtue (such as wisdom) is happiness and judgment be based on behavior, rather than words. That we don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses.

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A Stoic is a Buddhist with attitude, one who says “f*** you” to fate.
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Stoicism is about the domestication, not necessarily the elimination, of emotions.
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Success makes you weak
Success brings an asymmetry: you now have a lot more to lose than to gain. You are hence fragile.

When you become rich,the pain of losing your fortune exceeds the emotional gain of getting additional wealth.

Possessions make us worry about downside, thus acting as a punishment as we depend on them. All upside, no downside. Even more: dependence on circumstances - rather, the emotions that arise from circumstances - induces a form of slavery.
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Stoicism & Antifragility

Seneca was the wealthiest person in the Roman Empire. He focused on the practical aspect of Stoicism: how to handle adversity and poverty and, even more critically, wealth.

Seneca’s version of that Stoicism is antifragility from fate. No downside from Lady Fortuna, plenty of upside.

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