If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. -Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Unlike hedonism, stoicism rejects the notion that the goal of life is to seek out pleasure. In fact, it is about being at peace with what happens to you by undergoing physical and mental self discipline. It is about being emotionally calm and reducing excessive emotional reactions.
You live every day as your last. You realize that nothing can be taken away you if you live a mindset of poverty. You find the reasons why you feel emotions and eliminate the irrational. It’s a powerful mindset.
I could write a whole blog on the aspects of stoicism, but I’d rather write about my day to day practice of the philosophy. If you want to learn more than that, read the original writings of Seneca or Marcus Aurelius and not anything you read online. Be aware that there are many groups that have corrupted the meaning of stoicism. In the process they justify their own questionable opinions under the umbrella of stoic thought.
“Even though Madison was unsentimental, he was every bit as intense as his more inspirational friend. Those who write about the American founding are dead wrong when they make Madison stiff and stilted.And some historians have rendered Jefferson so placed and elegant as to deprive him of spontaneous moments. Men and women who observed them at their most relaxed, in close quarters, remarked that Madison’s facility for conversational humor sometimes led him to make Jefferson the butt of a joke, and Jefferson to laugh so well that he nearly cried.
Guys guys guys this image is so adorable.
Things like this help me remember history really happened, every single day— and wish that I had a TARDIS.
aka marathoning through my likes to get them under 1,000.
This has been a mid-atlantic post.