Category: Stoicism

Mapping life

Mapping life

“Life without a design is erratic. As soon as one is in place, principles become necessary. I think you’ll concede that nothing is more shameful than uncertain and wavering conduct, and beating a cowardly retreat. This will happen in all our affairs unless we remove the faults that seize and detain our spirits, preventing them …

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More than a selfie

More than a selfie

“You are not your body and hair-style, but your capacity for choosing well. If your choices are beautiful, so too will you be.” —Epictetus, Discourses, 3.1.39b– 40a Every little choice adds up. It may not seem like there is a huge difference whether you spend the next half hour watching TV or going outside to …

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Too much talking and not enough listening

Too much talking and not enough listening

“. . . I learned to read carefully and not be satisfied with a rough understanding of the whole, and not to agree too quickly with those who have a lot to say about something.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS I try maintain a roughly ten to one ratio in regards to my listening/speaking. Why do I …

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