How would the Stoics cope today?
The ancient philosophy of Stoicism offers many insights into coping with our troubling times
Sunday 11 December 2016 01.00 EST
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Stoicism is a school of philosophy which was founded in Athens in the early 3rd century and then progressed to Rome, where it became a pragmatic way of addressing life’s problems. The central message is, we don’t control what happens to us; we control how we respond.
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This kind of philosophy is not an idle pursuit but a crucial tool. As Seneca said, “Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own.”
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“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” — Cassius in Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)
Pain is certain, suffering is optional. – Buddha
At this time of year, I hope we are all alert to those fellow humans who are suffering.
Keep these numbers handy:
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
- Veterans Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
And, I hope no one EVER needs them.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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