Stoic Meditations

Stoic Meditations

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at howtobeastoic.org.
Would the Stoics approve of assisted suicide?
Jun 22 • 2 min
In this episode we discuss a quote from Seneca which, together with several other passages in other authors, clearly points to the conclusion that the Stoics were in favor of suicide in the case of disease and frailty in old age. Which does not mean they…
Being bad requires a lot of work
Jun 21 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus rather sarcastically reminds us that being bad requires just as much work as being good, so why not choose the latter instead?
Teach them then, and show them without being angry
Jun 20 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius says that people make mistakes because they don’t know better. So there is no point in getting self-rigtheous and angry about it, instead we need to teach them where they go wrong.
Go hug a philosopher, will you?
Jun 19 • 2 min
Epictetus defends the apparently strange notion that philosophy, like mathematics (or science, or lots of other things) is a profession, requiring expertise. He is not being elitist, he’s just being reasonable.
We belong to the world, not to a particular corner of it
Jun 18 • 2 min
Seneca reminds us that even though we belong to different social groups, religions, ethnicities and so forth, we are, most fundamentally, members of the human cosmopolis.
It’s either gods or atoms…
Jun 15 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reflects on what happens to us when we die: either we are absorbed in the seminal principle of the universe, or we become atoms scattered in the void. Either way, we still need to behave decently toward other human beings.
Ethics is a practice, so do it
Jun 14 • 2 min
Epictetus asks us a simple question: if we didn’t learn these things in order to demonstrate them in practice, what did we learn them for?
Moving will not help you, if your trouble is internal
Jun 13 • 2 min
Seneca tells Lucilius that moving to the other end of the world will not be helpful if his troubles are generated by his own attitudes, because he will carry the same person around the globe, if he doesn’t address the real issue.
The truth does you no harm, but error does
Jun 12 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds himself of something that modern politicians need to pay attention to: if someone shows you that you are in error, the right thing to do is to admit it and learn from the other.
How Epictetus lost his lamp and the thief became a brute
Jun 11 • 2 min
Epictetus tells the story of a thief stealing his lamp at night, and reflects on what each of them lost in the process. He concludes that he came ahead of the thief.
Sound minds are hard to find, or buy
Jun 8 • 2 min
Seneca, with rather uncharacteristic sense of humor, says that one can’t buy a sound mind, and even if that were possible, there would be no market for them.
Annoyed by people? It’s an opportunity to practice virtue
Jun 7 • 1 min
Marcus Aurelius suggests we think of others as partners at the gym: don’t hate or hold grudges against them, think of them as opportunities to improve your virtue.
Good judgments improve your character
Jun 6 • 2 min
Epictetus says that the way we improve our character is by paying attention and making good judgments, while if we keep making bad ones we make our character worse. So today reflect carefully on your decisions, and ask yourself what would Epictetus do.
I may become poor, then I shall be among many
Jun 5 • 2 min
Seneca lists the worst things that could happen to him, and that we all fear, and reminds himself that the only truly terrible thing is being a bad person who holds to bad values and makes bad decisions.
Always examine your assumptions
Jun 4 • 1 min
Musonius Rufus reminds us that we often act out of simple habit, without paying attention to what we are doing and why. Not the best way to proceed in life.
Why do you care for the opinion of posterity?
Jun 1 • 1 min
Marcus Aurelius observes that some people are obsessed with what posterity will think of them, even though they have no idea what sort of individuals will make that judgment. Meanwhile, how about taking care of those we know here and now?
Good and evil are entirely up to you
May 31 • 1 min
Epictetus says that externals (health, wealth, education, good looks) are the means by which we do good or evil in the world. So it is entirely up to us, really.
The glass is neither half full nor half empty, it just is
May 30 • 2 min
Seneca reminds Lucilius that we ought to hope for justice, but brace ourselves for injustice. This is just the way the world works, which doesn’t absolve us from our responsibility to do something about it.
Do not seek fame, seek to be useful to others
May 29 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reflects on what is worth doing, and decides that it’s not seeking fame, but rather being helpful to fellow human beings.
Nobody wants to believe falsehoods, and yet…
May 28 • 2 min
Epictetus says that people cannot assent to what they think is false. We always want to be right, but we are often not, which is why we rationalize things. That’s why we need to improve our ability to arrive at correct judgments about things.
Think about bad stuff happening, get comfortable with it
May 25 • 2 min
Seneca introduces a classic Stoic exercise, the premeditatio malorum, thinking about bad things happening, playing them in your head, so you get comfortable with accepting whatever may come.
After every disturbance, re-center yourself
May 24 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds us that all sorts of things will disturb our rational soul, and that we therefore need to practice re-centering it in order to respond to situations with reason and equanimity.
Can you tell the difference between the baths and the mill?
May 23 • 2 min
Epictetus has a little bit of fun with the Skeptics, who denied the possibility of human knowledge. If that’s the case, he says, how is it that you reliably go to the thermal baths when you want to relax, and to the mill when you want bread?
Some people get to the end without having lived at all
May 22 • 1 min
Seneca observes that some people begin to really live their life only near the end. And some never begin at all. So what’s sort of life you want to live, and have you started already?
Take care of your body, it helps your virtue
May 21 • 2 min
Our body is a preferred indifferent, but Musonius Rufus tells us to take whatever care we can of it, as it is also an instrument of virtue. In other words, go to the gym…
No matter what, do your duty as a human being
May 18 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds us that whether we are cold or warm, ill-spoken of or praised, and dead or “doing something else,” we still have a duty to make this a better world.
Where are you going to hide from death?
May 17 • 3 min
Epictetus uses his dark sense of humor to remind us that death is inevitable. At the same time, though, fear of it is not. Moreover, awareness of death is what, in a sense, gives meaning to our life.
Are you on the right path, or do you need a correction?
May 16 • 2 min
Seneca says that the right path in life consists in a good conscience, honourable purposes, right actions, contempt of luck, and an attitude of equanimity toward whatever the universe throws our way.
Think and act the right way, happiness will flow
May 15 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius maintains that if we think and act the right way our life will be an equable flow of happiness. This is because we will do our best, but look at outcomes with equanimity.
What is philosophy, anyway?
May 14 • 2 min
Epictetus says that philosophy begins with awareness of one’s mental fitness. So let’s work on that, shall we?
What about pleasure?
May 11 • 2 min
Seneca says the problem with pleasure is that if one is too much into it, it rushes us into the abyss of sorrow. So it’s time to discuss what pleasure means for a practitioner of Stoicism.
If this were you last day, what would you be proud of?
May 10 • 2 min
Marcus writes near the end of his life about the sort of things he did that he values, from discounting honors and other externals to having been kind even toward people who were not kind to him.
Respond to insults as if you were a rock
May 9 • 3 min
Epictetus counsels us to react to insults as if we were a rock, that is, by ignoring them. An insult is only effective if you let it be, and that power resides exclusively in your own faculty of judgment.
Above all, learn how to feel joy
May 8 • 3 min
Rather unusual advise from Seneca to his friend Lucilius: learn how to feel joy. Which doesn’t sound Stoic only if one buys into the incorrect stereotype of Stoicism as a practice to suppress emotions. Let’s learn how to feel joy, then.
The duty of a social animal capable of reason
May 7 • 2 min
Marcus says that we have a duty to do what a social animal capable of reason ought to do. And that’s to practice virtue for the betterment of humankind.
Epictetus and the open door policy: Stoicism and suicide
May 4 • 3 min
Tough topic for this episode: what is known as Epictetus’ open door policy, that is, the Stoic idea that suicide is permissible, under certain circumstances. And indeed, that it is its possibility that gives us freedom and courage to fight on.
Take truth wherever you find it, it’s public property
May 3 • 1 min
Seneca explains that one doesn’t have to be an Epicurean in order to find value in the words of Epicurus. It’s like in the Senate: you vote for the parts of a motion you approve of, and reject the rest.
How to calibrate your moral compass
May 2 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds us that justice is a crucial virtue in Stoicism, and we need to constantly keep it at the forefront. He also says that we need to evaluate our impressions of things, before acting. Don’t just do it, stop and think about it first!
The universe is your trainer, get ready for the Olympics
May 1 • 2 min
Epictetus uses a nice metaphor in which the universe is our trainer, sending us tough stuff to deal with so that we get used to breaking a sweat and prepare for the Olympics of life.
Changing your life doesn’t happen by magic
Apr 30 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus tells us that it isn’t enough to know that we should be virtuous, we need to constantly practice virtue. Stoicism is not a magic wand, but it will change your life, and is well worth the effort.
Practice poverty as an exercise in endurance and gratitude
Apr 27 • 2 min
Seneca tells Lucilius that it is crucial, from time to time, to engage in exercises of self deprivation, so to prepare ourselves for whenever luck will turn, and also to be grateful and appreciative of what we normally have and may take for granted.
Praise or blame do not make a think better or worse
Apr 26 • 2 min
On the day of Marcus Aurelius’ birthday, April 26, let’s reflect on a simple Stoic precept: good or bad lie in actions, thoughts, and words, not in the praise or blame that those things get from others.
Focus on what is up to you, the rest may or may not come
Apr 25 • 3 min
Epictetus clearly states one of the fundamental principles of Stoicism: the dichotomy of control. Once we realize that some things are up to us and other things aren’t, it follows that we should focus on the first ones and cultivate equanimity toward the…
Are you practicing, or just talking?
Apr 24 • 2 min
Seneca says that talk is easy, but the real measure of whether we are making progress lies in our practice. Have our desires for the wrong things decreased? Are we focusing on what is truly important?
15 minutes of fame? Why would you want that?
Apr 23 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds us that fame is ephemeral and intrinsically meaningless. What we do for others and to improve ourselves here and now is what really counts.
We all agree to do good, but disagree on what good is
Apr 20 • 2 min
Epictetus notes that people want to be good, regardless of their ethnicity, citizenship, or religion. But then they get lost in arguments over whether it is acceptable or not to eat pork.
No cell phones at dinner, just friends
Apr 19 • 2 min
Seneca tells Lucilius that one can learn a thing or two even from Epicurus, particularly that it is the company we keep that is the most important part of our meals.
Death is coming, what are you doing in the meantime?
Apr 18 • 1 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds himself that his life is finite and brief. How to live it, then? As a good person would, which is in his power to do.
Whose praise are you so desperately seeking?
Apr 17 • 2 min
Epictetus tells his students that they are fools if they think that being praised is important, particularly by people who they themselves do not think highly of!
Anger is temporary madness
Apr 16 • 2 min
Seneca tells us that anger is a form of temporary madness, not to be indulged by the person who cultivates reason.
Do you have reason? Why don’t you use it, then?
Apr 13 • 1 min
Marcus Aurelius asks himself the rethorical question of whether he has reason, and then the less obvious one of why he is not making good use of it. What about you?
Is your mind in the dark, or are you just blind?
Apr 12 • 2 min
Epictetus explains why being blind is far less of a problem than having your mind in the dark.
Practice poverty to remind you of the important things
Apr 11 • 2 min
Seneca explains the Stoic practice of eating poor and scant food, and going outside dressed with old clothes, in order to remind ourselves that we can cope with difficult situations, and to appreciate anew what we have.
Change your mind, if others have better reasons
Apr 10 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds himself to use his faculty of judgment at its best, which includes changing his mind, should others have better reasons than his own.
A crown of roses looks better than one of gold
Apr 9 • 2 min
Epictetus mocks a student who is bent on pursuing power and wealth. Those things are neither good nor bad for the Stoics, it’s a matter of how we use them.
How to handle the holidays, Stoically speaking
Apr 6 • 2 min
Seneca tells Lucilius about two levels of engagement with drunken crodws during the holidays. Good to remember for your next Thanksgiving, Christmans, or whatever you celebrate.
Harm comes from opinion, take away the opinion, then
Apr 5 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius says that there is a difference between objective facts and our opinions of them. And much of our misery comes from the opinions, not the facts.
Practical philosophy is called practical for a reason
Apr 4 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus tells us that theory is important, and needs to precede practice. But it is the latter that makes the whole thing worth it.
People do bad things because they are fools
Apr 3 • 2 min
Epictetus reminds us of the Stoic doctrine that people don’t do bad things on purpose, but rather because they are mistaken about the nature of good and evil.
Fate, God, or Chance, it doesn’t really matter
Apr 2 • 2 min
Seneca says that whether the universe is controlled by universal laws, by a god, or by chance, we still have to do the right thing. And philosophy is our guide for that.
What are you going to do today to improve the human polis?
Mar 30 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius articulates a series of if…then statements that argue that we are all members of a community of reasoners, and that reason dictates that we be helpful to such community.
Got a headache? Excellent opportunity to practice endurance!
Mar 29 • 2 min
Epictetus advises us to start practicing with small things. The next time you are sick, try not to curse or complain. You’ll discover in you the power of endurance, and you’ll be far less annoying to other people…
Practical philosophy is not an oxymoron
Mar 28 • 2 min
Seneca tells Lucilius that philosophy is not just a way to amuse the mind, but an exercise to guide our actions and mould our souls.
The universe is transformation, life is opinion
Mar 27 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius here sounds like a Sophist, or a post-modern relativist. But he is a Stoic, so his message is a little more subtle than that.
Ultimately, it is always your decision
Mar 26 • 2 min
Even when threatened with your life, says Epictetus, you are the one in charge, you make the decision to yield or not to yield.
Take care of the body, but don’t treat it as a temple
Mar 23 • 2 min
Seneca says that it is incumbent on us to take care of our body, but that we should even be willing to destroy it, if virtue demands it.
Fame is fickle, and irrelevant
Mar 22 • 2 min
Marcus reminds us that the number of Facebook likes we get is irrelevant to our happiness.
Study logic, reason well about life
Mar 21 • 2 min
Epictetus reminds his students that without logic there is no serious talking about how to live the life worth living.
Be afraid of the right things
Mar 20 • 2 min
Seneca says that we often spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about the wrong sorts of things.
How the Stoics saw women’s education
Mar 19 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus says in no uncertain terms that men and women are capable, and indeed deserve, the same education, including in philosophy.
Nobody does wrong voluntarily
Mar 16 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds us of one of the most difficult, and yet most profound, doctrines of Stoicism: nobody commits wrongs on purpose, but only because they lack understanding of good and evil.
Reason is the name of the game
Mar 15 • 2 min
Epictetus argues that the only way to criticize reason is by way of applying reason. There are no alternative facts for the Stoics.
The truth belongs to everyone
Mar 14 • 2 min
Seneca explains to his friend Lucilius why on earth he approvingly quotes one of the Stoics’ main rivals, Epicurus.
The inner citadel of peace
Mar 13 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds himself that he can always retreat into what Pierre Hadot famously referred to as the Inner Citadel, our own mind, where we can pay attention to and refine our faculty of judgment.
It takes time for a fig to ripe, or a character to mature
Mar 12 • 2 min
Epictetus cautions us to be patient while working on improving our character. Nothing important comes into being overnight.
The advantages of old age
Mar 9 • 2 min
Seneca tells Lucilius to pay attention to the joys of old age, and to be grateful for every day we live.
Fame is fleeting, focus on the here and now
Mar 8 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius engages in a view from above meditation, reminding himself that the quest for fame is just plain irrational.
Make sure you work on your faculty of judgment
Mar 7 • 2 min
Epictetus reminds us that when we face an impression about an external thing we should consider carefully whether to assent to it, withhold assent, or remain neutral.
Pick a role model
Mar 6 • 2 min
Seneca advises Lucilius to choose a good role model to improve his character, for we cannot straighten what is crooked unless we use a ruler.
Philosophy as medicine for the mind
Mar 5 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus says that philosophy is like medicine: if it does not make you a healthier person, it is not useful.
With great power comes great responsibility
Mar 2 • 2 min
Epictetus reminds people with power that they should remember whom they have power over: fellow human beings, made of the same stuff, wanting the same things.
Keep a sound and upright soul, despise Fortune
Mar 1 • 2 min
The wise person, according to Seneca, needs others to live her life, but not to live a life worth living. For that, all she needs is to keep her faculty of judgment in good order.
Work for the public good
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds us that we need to work for the public good, not pursue power, fame, or pleasure.
Judgments, Not Externals
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus reminds us that we are in charge of our judgments about things, and talks about Socrates, who chose to be in prison
It’s All About Character
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca says that it makes no difference whether your house has a roof of gold, what matters is the character of the person who lives there.
Do The Right Thing, Now
Mar 1 • 1 min
Marcus Aurelius says that we need to stand erect of our own accord, not wait to be propped up by others.
Opinions Cause Suffering
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus on the fact that it isn’t exile, pain or death that determine our actions, but our opinions of those things.
Beware Of The Company You Keep
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca warns us that the path to virtue is easily disrupted by exposing ourselves to temptation and unsavory company.
We Are All Brothers & Sisters
Mar 1 • 3 min
Hierocles instructs us on a simple mental exercise to practice the Stoic concept of cosmopolitanism.
Philosophy As A Way Of Life
Mar 1 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus reminds us why we study philosophy, a different pursuit from what goes on in the modern academy.
Living According To Nature
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds us that to care for all people is according to (human) nature.
Against Nationalism
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus tells us that Socrates never replied to the question “where are you from?” with “I am from Athens,” but always with “I am a citizen of the world.”
Courage Requires Justice
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca makes the surprising (to some) statement that Stoicism is all about community and sharing.
Use Your Thoughts Well
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius tells us to ignore the opinion that others have of us, and to focus our energy instead on positive projects.
Character Is Crucial
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus says that the measure of a person is the goodness of her character. Let’s work on it, then!
The point of philosophy is…
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca makes a surprising statement about the primary aim of philosophy. Surprising, that is, if you confuse Stoicism and stoicism…
What happens after death?
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius sounds agnostic about the after life. He also seems to think it doesn’t matter.
Beware of superficial judgment
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus observes that even if Plato were handsome and strong, that doesn’t mean those are the traits that made him a great philosopher…
Wealth not a measure of worth
Mar 1 • 1 min
Seneca has a problem with people who measure their worth by fashion or wealth.
Don’t be an imbecile!
Mar 1 • 2 min
Hierocles reminds us that it is useless to blame things that have no fault. Rather, look at how clumsy or stupid we are sometimes when we use them.
Radical idea: women equality
Mar 1 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus says women have the same reasoning abilities as man, the same faculty of distinguishing good from bad.
Remember, everything passes
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius lists a number of important people who are no more, as a reminder of the impermanence of things, and to help us keep what happens to us in perspective.
What good did you do today?
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus says that not doing awful things isn’t enough, it’s too lazy. The point is to positively do good things.
Beware of relying on luck
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca uses a beautiful analogy to explain why the Stoic practitioner should not rely on luck, and indeed should be positively weary of it.
Keep your inner demon clean
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius talks about how we should keep our “daimon,” i.e., our deliberating faculty, or our conscience.
Follow the counsel of reason
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus reminds us that sometimes the reasonable thing to do is to suspend judgment. And always to face reality rather than engage in wishful thinking.
What counts as a good life?
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca says that the important thing is not how long a life you live, but what you do with it.
What matters is the here & now
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius thinks that it’s good to keep things in perspective, and that we only control the here and now.
Doing beats complaining
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus reminds his student that certain things are an inevitable feature of the universe, and that it is better to work on them than just wish them away.
On death & the value of life
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca uses Epicurus’ argument for why we should not be afraid of death, focusing instead on how to best live our life.
What makes your life worth it?
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius introduces us to the apparently paradoxical notion that life, death, honor, dishonor, pleasure and pain are neither good nor bad.
Caring about your soul
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus makes an interesting contrast between taking too much care of our bodies and too little care of our minds.
True friendship is rare
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca advises us on how to behave with true friends, and reminds us of how important they are in our life.
We are all brothers & sisters
Mar 1 • 1 min
Hierocles reminds us that we are fundamentally social animals, and that we are here to help each other.
Practice, practice, practice!
Mar 1 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus says that nobody is born a writer, musician, or athlete. People get there by studying and practicing. The same goes for virtue.
Clean up your own thinking
Mar 1 • 1 min
Marcus tells us that it’s too easy and unnecessary to worry about other people’s thoughts. It is far more difficult, but useful, to worry about our own.
Don’t argue with stones
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus says that some people hardens their opinions into stones. It’s their problem, don’t waste your time arguing with them.
On wealth and virtue
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca tells Lucilius that wealth should be limited, something that exposed him to charges of hypocrisy. Regardless, what is the relationship between wealth and virtue?
Use your time well…
Mar 1 • 1 min
Marcus reminds us that our life is short, and that we don’t really know what day will be our last. So why not use our time in the best possible way?
Virtue is a matter of practice
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus says that we become virtuous in the same way as athletes and musicians become more proficient at what they do: by constant practice.
Find wisdom wherever it is
Mar 1 • 1 min
Seneca wanders into Epicurean territory, as a scout, not a traitor.
Opinions cannot hurt you
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus is summarizing here some of the most important concepts of Stoicism, especially why we should pity, and not get upset with, people when they make mistakes.
On dealing with nasty people
Mar 1 • 1 min
Hierocles reminds us how to best respond to another human being who has ill feelings toward us.
Philosophy is about doing
Mar 1 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus says that philosophers should speak clearly, and most of all should live the way they talk.
Don’t sell your soul cheap!
Mar 1 • 2 min
Epictetus asks us at what price we are willing to sell our soul, and advises us to aim for the highest one possible.
Read well, not a lot
Mar 1 • 2 min
Seneca reminds us that reading is serious business, and that time is limited. Choose well the authors in whose company you wish to spend time.
The duties of friendship
Mar 1 • 2 min
Marcus reminds us that we have duties toward the people we live with, and how to be positive about our friends.
How to act toward others
Mar 1 • 2 min
The second century Stoic Hierocles sounds very Christian, and for good reasons.
Seneca on not wasting time
Mar 1 • 2 min
This could be the last day of your life. Are you going to waste it by binging on a mediocre television show?
Is the wise person self sufficient?
Feb 28 • 2 min
Seneca puts forth a paradox: the wise person is self-sufficient, and yet she desires friends and neighbors. How is this possible?
Take care of your mind, it’s precious
Feb 28 • 2 min
Epictetus notes that we can do a lot more with our mind than with our body. And yet we obsess over the latter and care little for the former.
Don’t do anything that requires a wall or a curtain
Feb 28 • 2 min
The emperor-philosopher tells us that there is no profit for our character in doing things that require lying, being hypocritical, or otherwise damage our integrity.
Time to die or to go lunch?
Dec 30, 2017 • 2 min
Epictetus tells us that we have to tend to whatever is happening right now. If we are about to die, let’s deal with it. But if not…
Don’t postpone, life speeds by
Dec 29, 2017 • 2 min
Seneca tells us that time is a precious commodity, and one that, once loaned, can never be paid back.
Useful vs pedantic knowledge
Dec 27, 2017 • 2 min
Musonius Rufus reminds us of the difference between useful philosophy and dull mind games.
Focus on what is in your power
Dec 26, 2017 • 2 min
Epictetus reminds us of the wisdom of understanding what is and is not under our control.
Marcus on not getting offended
Dec 24, 2017 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius reminds us that it is a strange thing to get offended by what people say or do.
Epictetus on what is good
Dec 22, 2017 • 2 min
Epictetus teaches us what is truly good in life.
Marcus is thankful
Dec 21, 2017 • 2 min
Marcus Aurelius is thankful to his grandfather and his mother.