How Stoicism Is Like Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

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You can’t have your cake and eat it too is an old proverb. But it’s obviously quite dated. I mean, people implicitly mean that they’re going to eat cake when they ask, “can I have that piece of cake?” So the logical implication is quite apparent that if you are going to have your cake,… Continue reading How Stoicism Is Like Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

What does it mean to be a Stoic?

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What does it mean to be a Stoic? I think there are several things that it takes to define a Stoic. First, you must know what it’s like to suffer. Everyone has this quality. You’ve probably been called a name or you’ve been rejected by a loved one. Perhaps you’ve felt powerless because of some… Continue reading What does it mean to be a Stoic?

Can you be a conspiracy theorist and follow Stoic philosophy?

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Can you be a Stoic and subscribe to some conspiracy theory? Yes, but only if your conspiracy theory makes sense and doesn’t merely try to poke holes in the official theory. There have been conspiracies in the past with few people involved like Charlie Wilson’s War. During Charlie Wilson’s War, the United States Congress hid… Continue reading Can you be a conspiracy theorist and follow Stoic philosophy?

What is the meaning of life for a Stoic?

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Anyone who is familiar enough with Stoicism has probably heard of the Stoic motto live in agreement with nature. In fact, the Stoics believed that virtue consisted of a life in harmony with nature. So to live in agreement with nature meant that one will live a virtuous life. So what is the Stoic idea… Continue reading What is the meaning of life for a Stoic?

Apatheia vs Apathy

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Many people are wrongly turned off or on by Stoicism because they think Stoicism endorses a purely indifferent attitude towards the world. People who care very much about the human race and how societies and governments treat their people are especially turned off by apathy. Even more problematic are people who go into Stoicism thinking… Continue reading Apatheia vs Apathy

Stoicism and Wishing Harm

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I have noticed around Facebook that since Donald Trump caught COVID19, there has been an awful lot of posts and comments wishing for the President’s death. I do understand that Donald Trump has caused many problems for our nation and even for the world and that it’s quite likely that if he had never become… Continue reading Stoicism and Wishing Harm

Stoicism and David Hume

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David Hume held the belief that ethics couldn’t be derived from reason but only from sentiment.  Basically, morality is founded on non-rational emotional responses to experience.  Hume thought of reason like a dog tied to a cart going wherever passion/desire would take it and doing so quite willingly. Stoicism’s views are similar to Hume’s in… Continue reading Stoicism and David Hume

Stoicism, Society, and Emotions

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We’re always told to be mindful of the people around us.  Don’t hurt other’s feelings, or offend, we’re told.  Well, there’s truth to this.  As members of society, despite being taught that people are responsible for how they act based on their feelings or how they manage those feelings, like the motto “sticks and stones… Continue reading Stoicism, Society, and Emotions

Stoicism and David Hume

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David Hume held the belief that ethics couldn’t be derived from reason but only from sentiment.  Basically, morality is founded on non-rational emotional responses to experience.  Hume thought of reason like a dog tied to a cart going wherever passion/desire would take it and doing so quite willingly. Stoicism’s views are similar to Hume’s in… Continue reading Stoicism and David Hume