ENDNOTE: “… … within myself to the choices that are my own.”



How would the Stoics cope today?
The ancient philosophy of Stoicism offers many insights into coping with our troubling times
Ryan Holiday
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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