Daily Stoicism: Epictetus

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.

 

What The 2016 Election Taught Us About Debating People With Different Views

What The 2016 Election Taught Us About Debating People With Different Views

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.

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Daily Stoicism: Epictetus

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.

 

The Power of One: How to Change the World

The Power of One: How to Change the World

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”

How to be More Virtuous by Journaling

How to be More Virtuous by Journaling

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”

5 Reasons You Should Stop Watching Porn

5 Reasons You Should Stop Watching Porn

Please be aware that I will go into details that may bother you or those near your proximity.

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”

Why We DO Need Equal Amounts Women and Men in Some Fields

Why We DO Need Equal Amounts Women and Men in Some Fields

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”

The Destruction of the Nuclear Family

The Destruction of the Nuclear Family

It is man’s greatest responsibility to sustain his family. Society suffers when men fail to do this. As of late, civilization has seemed to decay. In this post I will dive into one of the main reasons that we are seeing this, at least in the Western world. Starting with the destruction of the nuclear family during the Industrial Revolution.

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Top 5 Ways to Identify a Pseudo-Intellectual

Top 5 Ways to Identify a Pseudo-Intellectual

As media becomes increasingly viewed among the masses, you should notice “intellectuals” seem to appear more and more out of the blue. The first question you should ask is, “Why are these intellectuals broadcasted on mass media?” The second being, “Who are they and why should I care to hear what they have to say?” Continue reading “Top 5 Ways to Identify a Pseudo-Intellectual”