The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius written around 2000 years ago, remains one of the great works of spiritual and ethical reflection. It is perhaps the only document of its kind ever made, the private thoughts of the world’s most powerful man. With a profound understanding of human behaviour, Marcus provides insights, wisdom, and practical guidanceContinue reading “Book Review: Meditations – Marcus Aurelius”
Wisdom or prudence can be gathered through learning, discussion and trial and error. The wise man is able to offer himself good counsel. As Seneca says: A man with white hair and wrinkles hasn’t lived long – he has just existed long. Your time is valuable, and it is the only thing that you cannotContinue reading “The Stoic Virtues (Art of Living): Wisdom”
Not to be confused with the temperance movement against the consumption of alcohol. To Stoics, temperance is moderation, or self-discipline. There must be a balance, to know what to choose, what to avoid, and what things to not do at all. We are to do the right number of things in the right way, avoidingContinue reading “The Stoic Virtues (Art of Living): Temperance”
Different from the modern conception of justice in the legal sense, the Stoics refer it more to what would be moral in our dealings with others by treating others fairly and doing the right thing. As Marcus Aurelius said: Do the right thing, the rest doesn’t matter. Thus, it is a much more broader conceptContinue reading “The Stoic Virtues (Art of Living): Justice”
Stoicism is a philosophy most popularly associated with Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. The Stoic school of philosophy was founded by Zeno of Citium at around 300 B.C. The supreme goal being “living in agreement with nature”, which implies both living in harmony with the universe in acceptance of its nature and laws and alsoContinue reading “The Stoic Virtues (Art of Living): Courage”
Stoicism teaches you, among many other things, to stop caring about what others think of you. Understanding that it’s not what others think that troubles us, but rather our thoughts on what people think about us.