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A Model of Resilience: An Interview with the Stoic Doctor Matthew Galati of the Brain Changes Initiative

A list of my posts about Stoicism

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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:

A stoic guide to become fearless

Epictetus vs Jesus on Figs. The relationship between philosophies… | by Massimo Pigliucci | Stoicism — Philosophy as a Way of Life | Medium

How to face the planetary lockdown? Stoic philosophers answered

Stoicism as a cure for anxiety!

Some stoicism for the day!

Seneca: on the shortness of life — How to Be a Stoic

Philotherapy

The Stoic Kiss of Death

Success Can Make People Better… Or Worse

What are your journaling strategies?

Wisdom and Virtue. The Stoic principles.

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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.

Living life according to nature. The Stoic principles.

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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.

Watch “6 Hits of Stoic Motivation (Sports and Philosophy)” on YouTube

Seneca

Ryan Holiday, the specialist of Stoic philosophers and the creator of the YouTube channel Daily Stoic which I highly recommend, talks about the strong relationship between Stoic philosophers and sports. In his video, he breaks down the idea of a workout routine and its benefits to Stoic philosophers. In addition he talks to professional athletes who were inspired by stoicism and how it helped them in their career.

Click on the link below to watch the video:

Sénèque et la comédie humaine tragique.

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« Mais il ne sert de rien d’avoir éliminé les causes de tristesse personnelle : car il arrive quelquefois que le dégoût du genre humain nous saisit, quand nous voyons tout ce qu’il y a au monde de crimes heureux. Lorsqu’on songe à quel point l’innocence est rare et la droiture introuvable, lorsqu’on se représente que la probité n’est autant dire jamais désintéressée, que la débauche a des profits aussi répugnants que ses débours, que l’ambition, se trahissant elle-même, en arrive à chercher son éclat dans l’ignominie, l’âme alors sombre dans la nuit : on a l’impression que les vertus, qu’on ne peut plus s’attendre à rencontrer et qu’on a plus d’avantage à pratiquer, sont anéanties, et l’on est la proie des ténèbres. Aussi faut-il nous appliquer à ne pas trouver haïssables, mais risibles, les vices des humains, et à imiter Démocrite plutôt qu’Héraclite : celui-ci ne pouvait paraître en public sans pleurer, l’autre sans rire ; l’un ne voyait que misère dans toutes les actions des hommes, l’autre que sottise. Prenons donc toutes choses légèrement et supportons-les avec bonne humeur : il est bien plus conforme à la nature humaine de se moquer de l’existence que d’en gémir. Ajoutez qu’on rend meilleur service au genre humain en riant de lui qu’en se lamentant : le rieur nous laisse quelque espoir d’amendement ; l’autre s’afflige stupidement des maux qu’il désespère de guérir. Enfin, pour qui juge les choses d’un point de vue supérieur, on montre une âme plus forte en s’abandonnant au rire qu’en cédant aux larmes, puisqu’on ne se laisse troubler que d’une émotion toute superficielle et qu’on ne voit rien d’important, rien de sérieux, rien de déplorable non plus, dans toute la comédie humaine ».

Sénèque, De la tranquillité de l’âme, in Dialogues, Tome IV, texte établi et traduit par René Waltz, Paris, Société d’édition « Les Belles-Lettres », 1970, p. 100-101.