Stoicism

I am currently interested in the Stoic philosophy. I believe that it can help me to weather life’s storms. It was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium.  The Roman politician Seneca, and the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, were Stoics.The main tenets of Stoicism are as follows:

  • We create our own feelings, not outside forces
  • Only your thoughts are within your sphere of control; everything else is uncontrollable
  • It is best to courageously come to terms with the very worst possibilities, instead of pushing them to one side or pacifying oneself with positive tales
  • We will cope no matter what life throws at us
  • As Seneca put it: ‘To reduce your worry, you must assume that what you fear may happen is certainly going to happen”
  • We cannot alter the past
  • Do not be surprised if bad things happen

 

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