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Elif Batuman, "How to Be a Stoic," The New Yorker
Reading Epictetus, I realized that most of the pain in my life came not from any actual privations or insults but, rather, from the shame of thinking that they could have been avoided. Wasn’t it my fault that I lived in such isolation, that meaning continued to elude me, that my love life was a shambles? When I read that nobody should ever feel ashamed to be alone or to be in a crowd, I realized that I often felt ashamed of both of those things. Epictetus’ advice: when alone, “call it peace and liberty, and consider yourself the gods’ equal”; in a crowd, think of yourself as a guest at an enormous party, and celebrate the best you can.
ElifBatuman  NewYorker  stoicism  epictetus  ClassicalCulture  CulturalCriticism 
11 days ago by briansholis
It’s Always Been This Way, Always Will Be – Daily Stoic | Stoic Wisdom For Everyday Life
We like to think that we’re so advanced. That things have changed so radically since the ancient days of tyrants and barbarism. But have they?
philosophy  stoicism 
27 days ago by kogakure
Life Comes At You Fast – Daily Stoic | Stoic Wisdom For Everyday Life
In 1880, Theodore Roosevelt wrote to his brother, “My happiness is so great that it makes me almost afraid.” In October of that year, life was even better. As he wrote in his diary the night of his wedding, “Our intense happiness is too sacred to be written about.
philosophy  stoicism 
27 days ago by kogakure
In Defense of Male Stoicism - Quillette
I dealt with the most stereotypically feminine of mental illnesses in the most stereotypically masculine way. After acknowledging that I was anorexic, and deciding that I had no wish to be, I put my head down and tried to recover with the minimum of fuss.
mental-health  stoicism 
27 days ago by kogakure
Fear-Setting: The Most Valuable Exercise I Do Every Month | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
https://tim.blog/2017/05/15/fear-setting/

What If I:
Define | Prevent | Repair

What is the upside?

What is the cost of inaction
6 months | 1 year | 3 years
tim  ferriss  fear  setting  ted  talk  stoicism  focus  on  what  you  can  control  youtube 
4 weeks ago by yencarnacion
Marcus Aurelius Quotes (Author of Meditations)
“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can't tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own - not of the same blood and birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
stoicism 
4 weeks ago by caseyajordan12
10 quotes from Meditations to unlock your inner Stoic
Stoicism is an increasingly popular philosophy for our overworked, anxious world.
life  marcus-aurelius  philosophy  pocket-recommendation  quote  stoicism 
4 weeks ago by kogakure

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