I interviewed Dr. Matthew Galati, founder of the Brain Changes Initiative, to learn about his remarkable recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In the interview, Dr. Galati offers us a reminder of the importance of resilience and perseverance in overcoming obstacles in order to reach your goals. Readers of the A Life of Virtue blog […]A Model of Resilience: An Interview with the Stoic Doctor Matthew Galati of the Brain Changes Initiative
At the beginning of this millennium, approximately in 2000, the Dalai Lama wrote a list with 18 points, which all people of the world must continue to achieve live in peace , happiness and harmony . It is a fact that in the era we live in today, stress and haste with which we live, […]The 18 rules of life of the Dalai Lama to be happy | Corner of Tibet
Source Republishing this article with edits, as it aligns with similar themes in the Work and Leisure series As humans we spend most of our lives in a state of perpetual craving and desire. We land a big promotion at work, but soon fantasize about continuing to move up the corporate ladder. We become consumed […]Escaping the Rat Race: Lessons from Buddhist Thought
It is said that Mathew McConaughey’ s speech broke the number of viewers on internet and I can see why.
It is a life lesson broken down into 5 simple rules that can be summed up as ideas or intuitions we already have in us but we choose not to listen to.
Great video for the start of the week and to the new perception of life.
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Have you ever said to yourself “I wish I could just cut off my head, lose my ever thinking brain, and then I would be peaceful” We suffer more often in imagination than in reality Seneca “Why don’t you just live with yourself” yelled my youngest son at his sibling, years ago. He was trying […]Where to put the things you don’t want in your head anymore
« Le concept de bonheur est un concept si indéterminé, que, malgré le désir qu’a tout homme d’arriver à être heureux, personne ne peut jamais dire en termes précis et cohérents ce que véritablement il désire et il veut. La raison en est que tous les éléments qui font partie du concept du bonheur sont, dans leur ensemble, empiriques, c’est-à-dire qu’ils doivent être empruntés à l’expérience, et que cependant, pour l’idée du bonheur, un tout absolu, un maximum de bien-être dans mon état présent et dans toute ma condition future, est nécessaire. Or il est impossible qu’un être fini, si clairvoyant et en même temps si puissant qu’on le suppose, se fasse un concept déterminé de ce qu’il veut ici véritablement. Veut-il la richesse ? Que de soucis, que d’envie, que de pièges ne peut-il pas par là attirer sur sa tête ! Veut-il beaucoup de connaissances et de lumières ? Peut-être cela ne fera-t-il que lui donner un regard plus pénétrant pour lui représenter d’une manière d’autant plus terrible les maux qui jusqu’à présent se dérobent encore à sa vue et qui sont pourtant inévitables, ou bien que charger de plus de besoins encore ses désirs qu’il a déjà bien assez de peine à satisfaire. Veut-il une longue vie ? Qui lui garantit que ce ne serait pas une longue souffrance ? Veut-il du moins la santé ? Que de fois l’indisposition du corps a détourné d’excès où aurait fait tomber une santé parfaite, etc. ! Bref, il est incapable de déterminer avec une entière certitude d’après quelque principe ce qui le rendrait véritablement heureux : pour cela, il lui faudrait l’omniscience(1). »
Emmanuel Kant, Fondement de la métaphysique des mœurs
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Stoicism is a much needed way of thinking and acting as it is a practical philosophy, a daily discipline for a happier life. Whilst the world is going crazy with pandemics, climate change, violence and crisis, life coaching has become a necessity. Stoic philosophers are the first and the most important life coaches for their philosophy is, as aforementioned, a practical rational discipline whose main principle is about taking control of one can control and leave to fate the outside incontrollable events.
Here is a list of my older posts about Stoicism:
In last Tuesday’s post, Stoic philosophers believed that living life according to nature is a way to achieve happiness. The full post is on this link https://maylynno.wordpress.com/2021/10/12/living-life-according-to-nature-the-stoic-principles/
Stoic philosophers transformed philosophy into a praxis, a practical discipline of daily life. If nature is bigger and stronger than all of us and if its actions aim to survival in a rational way, then wisdom is to live according to nature.
Therefore, wisdom is the root virtue without which one can not be ethical nor a philosopher. Even success and real power can’t be achieved without wisdom. Think about Marcus Aurelius who was a Stoic philosopher and one of the greatest emperors of the Roman Empire.
What is virtue? Virtue is a life led according to nature.
Stoicism is a school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early 3rd century BC. It is a philosophy of personal ethics informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to eudaimonia (happiness, or blessedness) is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself, by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or by the fear of pain, by using one’s mind to understand the world and to do one’s part in nature’s plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly.
Nature (understood also as the universe) is rational and deterministic whose actions aim for survival. The universe is governed by the law of reason. There is no hazardous phenomenon in the natural world nor intention. Everything natural happens for a reason.
Humans are part of the big nature; thus the importance to live according to its plan. Otherwise, human actions can provoke a disequilibrium as it is the case today with climate change, endangered species, floods and storms which are all lethal to humanity. If money is the goal, then nature is overexploited. Since nature is rational and tends to harmony, not to forget that it is much stronger than people.
One day, human actions can wipe out all existence. According to Stoic, this is the peek of human foolishness.