Success And Failure Don’t Change Who You Are

Marcus Aurelius had an interesting metaphor. He believed that a man, an emperor, a soldier—everyone—was like a rock. Throw the rock up in the air, he said, and “it loses nothing by coming down and gained nothing by going up.” The rock stays the same. We can imagine his own life mirror this analogy. He was … Continued

Be As Good As You Can Be

There is a line in a recent profile of Kirk Cousins, the quarterback who last week, after months of non-stop media coverage, finally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as one of the highest paid players in the game. There’s plenty of interesting Stoicism in the article—from Cousins’ disdain of money, his dedication to family, his pursuit of … Continued

Maximize Your Potential: The Stoic Life in Accordance with Nature

Open any Stoic thinker and you’ll find the instruction to live according to nature. Stoic Emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this way in Meditations: “Philosophy requires only what your nature already demands.” The founder of Stoicism, Zeno, sweepingly defined nature as “the way things work,” and wisdom as acting in accordance with natural laws. Another … Continued

Beware The Ides

On this day 2,062 years ago, Rome’s first emperor, Julius Caesar, was stabbed to death by a group of senators who hoped to restore the Roman republic. These senators were led by Brutus, who was married to Cato’s daughter, an avid student of all schools of philosophy, including the Stoics. Caesar was stabbed many times … Continued

12 Rules for (a Stoic) Life

Jordan Peterson, a former professor at Harvard and now a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, has become a sort of cult-celebrity for his calm, articulate dismantling of political correctness and reactionary politics on both sides. He is particularly popular with young men, in part because of his message of self-sufficiency and self-worth, … Continued