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Project Stoicism: Friends and Challenges

A few weeks ago I drastically decreased my engagement with Facebook and instead went to a friendlier competitor, MeWe, because Professor Massimo Pigliucci had founded a group there, How to Be a Stoic. The group is great and refreshingly troll-free. Through this group I have met a few wonderful and …

Project Stoicism: On failing

Yesterday I failed to live up to stoic ideals by becoming angry at a colleague. The situation was the following: The colleague in question had last week loudly proclaimed that they were not willing to do any extra work concerning working with the new computer system and remote teaching tools …

Stoicism, Because Humanity Does Not Change That Quickly

One may rightly wonder, if the teachings of a school of philosophy that was founded about 2300 years ago are still relevant today. 2300 years is a speck in evolutionary time and we as a species have not changed much. We still face the same problems, behave in the very …

Zeno of Citium

Project Stoicism: The Virtue of Courage

In common usage, “being stoic” describes someone who displays no or little emotion even during the most dire of circumstances. While this usage has little to do with actual Stoicism, not being too affected by negative circumstances certainly is part of it. The ability to face negative circumstances and endure …

Project Stoicism: That is tyranny, not government

The Roman philosopher Epictetus had something to say about what differentiates government from tyranny, as Massimo Pigliucci points out here in another excellent stoic meditations podcast, listen and contemplate: I can only agree. Right now we see tyranny in what used to be the greatest democracy on the planet, ruled …

Project Stoicism: On the Futility of War

War today is, as always, driven by the interests of the wealthy and powerful to further their own agendas in one way or the other. Many great thinkers have through the ages recognized that war is ultimately futile and only increases suffering. Seneca has something very poignant to say on …

Project Stoicism: The Life of Marcus Aurelius

The life of Marcus Aurelius is as interesting, epic and historically significant as you may expect from one of Rome’s most famous emperors and one of the few philosopher kings history has to offer. Biographics, a highly recommendable YouTube channel just released a biography of Marcus Aurelius, check it out:

Project Stoicism: Actionable advice by Marcus Aurelius and Musonius Rufus

Most of us are sitting at home right now, going out only when necessary. But even now, it can happen that we overhear somebody telling someone else off for real or imagined breaches of quarantine rules. Or maybe someone thinks they have special rights and do not have to stick …

epictetus

Project Stoicism: Handling the current situation

When you open any news site, turn on the radio or TV, there is a lot of news covering irrational behavior. People are buying surgical masks, hand-sanitizer and toilet paper (!) like crazy. Hint: Toilet paper and clean behinds have no effect on corona viruses of any kind whatsoever, and …

Project Stoicism: Stoicism 101

Continuing my series on Stoicism, instead of writing about another virtue (the next one will be justice), I wanted to share this presentation by Massimo Pigliucci. The key points of Stoicism in under one hour. Please enjoy, be inspired and take some notes.