How to face the planetary lockdown? Stoic philosophers answered

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Stoic philosophers are the best choice of coaches to help us get through our long days. Here are some inspirational quotes to get us on perspective.

On external events and the future:

Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have. Epictetus

The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately. Seneca

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. Seneca

On self-control and will power:

It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it. Seneca

He has the most who is content with the least. Diogenes

If it’s endurable, then endure it. Stop complaining. Marcus Aurelius

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. Marcus Aurelius

The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable. Seneca

You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

On daily life:

Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Marcus Aurelius

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius

As each day arises, welcome it as the very best day of all, and make it your own possession. We must seize what flees. Seneca

28 thoughts on “How to face the planetary lockdown? Stoic philosophers answered”

      1. So you not only speak Lebanese and fluent English but also a few words German and on top of your Philosophy degree French?
        What else do you have up your sleeve ?

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  1. This is oddly a great place to actually explain my Ayn Rand criticism.
    A few years ago I got into Gnostic Christianity and was taken back by how early Christians we nearly identical to the stoics. (I’m not a fan of Christianity, just because of the fundamentalist right here in the US).
    The gnostics were philosophical buffs, I wondered if there was an intersection, but it was later when early Christians turned to the stoics to decipher texts. (Gnosticism centered around a goddess/aeon named Sophia which just means philosophy/wisdom).
    Obviously, that form is great, to me.
    The connection with Rand is Rand is a semi deity here and how it translated is with anarchist market neoliberalism that caused Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., and even ultimately Trump to rise to power.
    Sometimes it’s not the idea, but the environment it’s used in. So objectivism bends on itself becoming an inverted hypocrisy because her archetype was placed in a place the archetype was based on.
    And we know how that application affected the rest of the world.
    My dislike isn’t necessarily her just as dislike for Christian worldview isn’t so much dislike; it’s the experience with attempted application.

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    1. This is super interesting. I agree, there is a big difference between early Christians and Christians today because it is all related to a context. Same goes with Rand. The problem lies in the interpretation of an idea, then in its application like you mentioned. Thank you

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      1. The gnostics were more concerned with symbolism. They were also kinda anti authority..
        With stoicism, there’s a band here named Tool (I’m sure you know them) who highlights a type of philosophy per album; their last was stoicism.
        They’re notorious for having a snobby fan base and I didn’t care for the album itself. The irony of them being mad saying the album was too “deep” made me back off of stoicism where it’s incomplete but I adored what I learned about it.

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      2. Stoicism is gaining popularity recently and many philosophers and artists are taking a step further by claiming they are stoic which is cool. But I like to go back to ancient stoicism when I want to dig deeper

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      3. I forgot about that. Yeah, there’s a resurgence of books on stoicism.

        Because it ties better to many cultural beliefs/religions, it’s better than Buddhism which has a more eastern philosophy and it’s very very very similar to its goal.

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