#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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Why Seneca Belongs in Stoic Cannon
May 25, 2017
Despite reluctance on my part - I have come to understand why modern Stoics include the writings of Seneca in the Stoic cannon. Despite all the reasons why ancient Stoics who came after him had no reason to study Seneca's works, a modern Stoic does.
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Complex Situations and the Locus of Control
May 18, 2017
Even in situations that tempt you to focus on factors you don't directly control, you can learn to spot the factors in the equation that are firmly in your control.
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Epictetus Illustrates Dichotomy of Control in the Bathhouse
May 11, 2017
If you think it violates Stoicism to even attempt a change in the world - the Enchiridion of Epictetus includes a clear illustration of why that isn't so.
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Stoicism and AD(H)D – from a Stoic who Actually Has AD(H)D
May 4, 2017
Any illusion that AD(H)D presents a problem for Stoicism dissolves when you learn to see AD(H)D for what it really is, and stop taking for granted things that aren't truly yours.
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