Desire Demands Its Own Attainment:
Most of the time, our desires are just habit so we must train ourselves to abandon these habits. When we have desires that are unattained, we become upset, and when we attain something we’ve tried to avoid, we become stressed. The Stoics teach to only avoid undesirable things that harm your mental, physical, and spiritual health that are within your control. If you avoid uncontrollable events like death, illness, or other similar misfortunes, you only suffer more than you need to. Be superior to your desires. If you desire something out of your control you only set yourself up for disappointment. That energy trying to get/avoid something out of your control can be put to much better use. Focus your desires only on what you can control and go about it with great prowess
Have True Liberty and Unvariable Steadfastness:
Do not esteem anything at all but right and reason. Also, no matter what ailments may come of you, whether a loss of family or disease, remain the same man. Be both vehement and remiss; do not be fretted and offended by your peers inability to understand your discourses. No matter how highly you are regarded by others you must not overly esteem yourself. You will achieve the highest freedom when you are self-reliant
Stick With Your Own Business:
Other people’s business does not concern you. Once you abolish all desires to know others’ business, you are immune to the persuasion of others. You are unable to be held back by the trivial accounts of others. You are free from their concerns and able to focus solely on your affairs. You can now approach life in the most effective manner. By not immersing yourself in others quarrels, you don’t hurt yourself or attain enemies.
The 2016 election featured what was undoubtedly one of the most tumultuous and volatile political campaigns in modern history. Never before has the country faced a choice between two candidates that held such decidedly different and opposed views, and whose moral compass’s seemed to lie on the far end of each political spectrum, depending on the viewpoint which your average voter in question held. These circumstances created an environment that allowed an innumerable amount of heated and brutal debates to flourish, where facts and logic seemed to be sucked into a violent death spiral fueled by irrational, emotional, partisan, and reactionary talking points parroted back to you as quickly as they could be regurgitated by the friend, family member, or twitter drone whom you happened to be arguing with. While there is much to be gleaned from this election in terms of political stratagem and the importance (or lack there of) of conventional political wisdom, and the merits of each candidates and the values they promoted, this article will instead focus on what we can learn on a successful way of debating both political opponents and people who hold opposing viewpoints on a variety of issues that you may come across in your day to day life.
Continue reading “What The 2016 Election Taught Us About Debating People With Different Views”
Most of us have, at some point in our lives, felt busy all day then realized we have actually done very little. This is very natural in this day and age for we live in a society that rewards distraction and overcommitment with social status. Here are two simple ways you can increase your productivity by hacking away the unnecessary. Continue reading “2 Ways To Do More By Doing Less”
Know What You Can Control and What You Can Not
You can achieve freedom and felicity once you realize this. The only things that you have direct control over are your thoughts, dreams, and opinion of events. Things that we cannot control are circumstances we are born into (such as Epictetus who was born into slavery), The anatomy you have, and your status among others. The common theme here is that you can control only what is internal, not external and controlled by the whims of others. Depression occurs when we obsess over externalities.
Changing the world is not for everyone. It is an ambitious goal but we all have the innate ability to do it. We must use every moment we have to attain this goal. Behaviors of true revolutionaries like Marcus Aurelius, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, and so on are what we need to imitate. These men were educators, inventors, writers, philosophers, politicians; the list goes on. In order to change the world you must hone every skill you have. You must not only focus on one strength. Specialization is for ants. Continue reading “The Power of One: How to Change the World”
Like I said in my first post, journaling is quite the useful habit. Benjamin Franklin, whom I’ll reference throughout the rest of this post, realized that he could not be virtuous by just keeping a mental memory of what he should and should not do. This lead him to write down the virtues he wished to emulate. Like Mr. Franklin, every man should, at one point in his life, attempt the bold and arduous task of achieving moral perfection. Continue reading “How to be More Virtuous by Journaling”
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One of the cardinal virtues of the Stoics was temperance, which means moderation and restraint, as in behavior and expression. It is especially important to practice this virtue when it comes to pornography. Think about it, with high speed internet you are able to find a video in mere microseconds, climax within minutes, and repeat the process how ever much you choose. Do you really think it is natural to live like this? Unless you’re Genghis Khan, no. Porn makes anyone who watches it compulsive and many times even gets them addicted. Continue reading “5 Reasons You Should Stop Watching Porn”
Despite what feminists say, with many jobs it really does not matter if it is dominated by men or women, so long as they get their jobs done well. It is only when you see people in their respective fields doing a disservice to those they serve that you can start to question if having that field dominated by one sex is bad or not. Typically these are fields that deal with the human mind, not tangible objects. A road is a road, whether it was constructed by a man or woman. However, it is possible for a boy to not become a man depending on whether his teacher is a man or woman. Continue reading “Why We DO Need Equal Amounts Women and Men in Some Fields”