Stoics

These posts deal with stoic philosophy from the ancient Greeks and Romans, and how stoicism can help us learn how to lead better lives
Sep
30
What Would You Do With 1,000 Hours? (Newsletter 066)

What Would You Do With 1,000 Hours? (Newsletter 066)

If I was following my own advice, I would say look to the underlying value of things. What is it you really want to accomplish?
6 min read
Sep
20
What Are The Moral Letters for Modern Times?

What Are The Moral Letters for Modern Times?

The power of an idea doesn’t depend on who it came from, but rather how it influences our behavior today.
1 min read
Sep
06
The Parable of the Stinky Shoe

The Parable of the Stinky Shoe

What surprised me most of all in this city of wonders were the reactions of the people. Knowing its reputation, I was nervous how the city dwellers would respond to another bumbling tourist.
7 min read
Sep
01
124 - On Reason Of The Well-Ordered Mind - Moral Letters for Modern Times

124 - On Reason Of The Well-Ordered Mind - Moral Letters for Modern Times

If you sometimes felt I have given you new burdens by asking you to think and to study, you now know it was to free you of the burden of accepting what everyone else does.
4 min read
Aug
29
123 - On Thinking For Yourself - Moral Letters for Modern Times

123 - On Thinking For Yourself - Moral Letters for Modern Times

What the Stoic rejects is conformity to the illusion that pursuing luxuries will bring satiety, that desiring more will ever bring about the condition of feeling one has enough.
6 min read
Aug
25
122 - On Being A Nonconformist - Moral Letters for Modern Times

122 - On Being A Nonconformist - Moral Letters for Modern Times

No matter how difficult the world becomes when you speak the truth, do you really think it will be better if you tell yourself and others lies instead?
6 min read
Aug
22
121 - On Instincts And Archetypes - Moral Letters for Modern Times

121 - On Instincts And Archetypes - Moral Letters for Modern Times

We have the capacity to respond to our circumstances, and some responses will bring better results than others.
4 min read
Aug
18
120 - On Divining Virtue - Moral Letters for Modern Times

120 - On Divining Virtue - Moral Letters for Modern Times

Repeated observations do not necessarily lead to firmer conclusions, because we are unreliable, biased observers, and inconsistent in our thinking.
6 min read
Aug
15
119 - On Nature As A Guide - Moral Letters for Modern Times

119 - On Nature As A Guide - Moral Letters for Modern Times

A need arises naturally and is satisfied naturally. A luxury is fabricated and requires an elaborate system to create and maintain.
4 min read
Aug
11
118 - On Stepping Off The Treadmill - Moral Letters for Modern Times

118 - On Stepping Off The Treadmill - Moral Letters for Modern Times

It is certainly good to be confident in what you are doing because self-doubt is destructive of peace of mind. But it is better to first be self-critical and to reflect on what you are doing.
4 min read