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UNDERSTANDING THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS…

January 10th, 2018

As Picliucci begins to erect his scaffold for being a Stoic in the 21st century, he first focuses on two ideas: understanding the nature of the world and the nature of human reasoning: The theoretical framework of Stoicism is the idea that in order to live a good (in the sense of eudaimonic) life one […]

MY PRACTICAL SPIRITUAL EXERCISE FOR JANUARY…

December 30th, 2017

In the final chapter of his book, How To Be A Stoic, Massimo Picliucci offers 12 practical spiritual exercises. In the coming year I’m going to devote one month to each of these exercises. For January I begin with: Examine Your Impressions. “So make a practice at once of saying to every strong impression, ‘An […]

PLAINLY THERE’S A WORD FOR FIGURING OUT LIFE…

December 29th, 2017

The Greeks had a word for everything. My new word from reading Massimo Picliucci’s How To Be A Stoic is eudaemonia: well-being or happiness. Happiness ought not to be confused with fun. Eudaemonia is about purpose and direction. Picliucci dives much deeper here, but for now let’s begin with this: Eudaemonic: having the objective of […]

LIFE, NOTHING MORE, IS THE MEANING OF LIFE…

December 27th, 2017

We begin, we end; we are born and we die. Some pass on their DNA. Some do not. What transpires between those two bookends of existence has no meaning beyond that which we choose to imbue our seconds, minutes, hours and days. Most of us suck at creating meaning. A few do not; but in […]

MULDER WAS RIGHT, THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE…

December 26th, 2017

In learning there is mastery but no masters. We may conquer some small corner of the Universe, we may come to understand all that we think there is to know about that corner, but there will always be someone—like Giordano Bruno—who looks and says, wait, the corner is an illusion and we must explore what […]

I HAVE EMBARKED ON A STOIC WALKABOUT…

November 25th, 2017

I received a birthday present from Oliver Burkeman this year: an introduction to How To Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy To Live A Modern Life by Massimo Picliucci. In his weekly column Consumed by anxiety? Give it a day or two for the Guardian, Burkeman wrote: The next time you’re consumed by anxiety—which, given […]

HOW TO BE A STOIC

November 25th, 2017

How To Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy To Live A Modern Life by Massimo Picliucci Suggested to me by Oliver Burkeman in Consumed by anxiety? Give it a day or two. Chapter 14—Practical Spiritual Exercises…* 1. Examine Your Impressions. “So make a practice at once of saying to every strong impression, ‘An impression is […]