#7: Empathy vs. Rational Compassion: Part 2: Basic Flaws in the Empathic Model of Compassion
October 13, 2017
The popular theory is that emotional empathy is the precursor to compassion as people help each other in order to avoid themselves suffering empathetic pain if they don't. However, in reality, things just don't very often work out that way.
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#6: Empathy versus Rational Compassion: Part One: What We Mean by “Empathy”
September 22, 2017
I want to discuss why society ought to encourage rational compassion rather than empathy. But before I can do that, I must clarify what "empathy" means in this discussion and why it is important to keep in mind how empathy and compassion are not the same thing.
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#5: Stoicism – Personal Power for Transgender Folk
September 8, 2017
One group of people for whom Stoicism can be a very powerful philosophy is those, such as myself, who are on the transgender spectrum.
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#4 Locus of Control – The Onion Will Model
September 1, 2017
In the ancient Stoic texts, the only things mentioned as being beyond our control are things outside of the mind. However, modern understanding requires us to accept that even some things within our mind aren't ours to command. The best way to reconcile this knowledge with the essentials of Stoicism involves visualizing the Locus of Control as being an onion - that meaning that it has layers.
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#3: Don’t Mistake Stoic Realism for Idealism
August 11, 2017
While people who don't understand Stoicism or the Stoic mindset might confuse a Stoic with an idealist - in reality, a well-trained Stoic is not that at all, but the ultimate realist.
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What If You Die Tonight?
July 6, 2017
Much like the Samurai of feudal Japan - the Stoics of ancient Greece and Rome realized that the eventuality of our deaths isn't something to hide from - but something that we should stare right in the face.
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Stoicism in the Age of Science
June 29, 2017
While ancient Stoics no doubt held some views that are at odds with modern science, proper understanding of Stoicism requires that we differentiate the actual principles of the philosophy from context-specific influences in the ancient writings. Upon doing this, we are left with a philosophy that is not only consistent with sicence - but indespensible in the modern scientifically-informed world.
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Don’t Leave Out the Neutral Indifferents
June 22, 2017
Every time someone writes that the "indifferents" in Stoicism are either "preferred" or "dispreferred", they underestimate how problematic it is that they neglect to mention a third category of indifferents - those that I would call "neutral".
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Epictitus Shows us How to Stand Up to Hate Speech Without Compromising our Resilience to Insults
June 15, 2017
While the Stoic advice to embrace insults may seem at times to put us in conflict with our obligation to stand up to societal injustice, Epictetus gives us a great way to resolve this dilemma.
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Stoic Community’s Understanding of Transgender Issues Still has Ways to Go
June 1, 2017
Years after my YouTube presentation on Stoicism as a coping mechanism for trans-folk - there is much that the Stoic community doesn't understand about trans-folk and about how our noble philosophy applies to the situation of trans-folk.
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