Summum bonum

Summum bonum. Latin, “the highest good.”   “Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter.” — Marcus Aurelius

Sympatheia

Sympatheia (συμπάθεια): sympathy, affinity of parts to the organic whole, mutual interdependence.   Revere the gods, and look after each other. Life is short—the fruit of this life is a good character and acts for the common good.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.30   “Meditate often on the interconnectedness and mutual interdependence of all things in the universe. … Continued

Why Honor Matters: An Interview With Professor Tamler Sommers

A cardinal theme for the Stoics, one which we have covered extensively here, is that of always acting with virtue, dignity, principle and honor. And not only when it’s convenient, but perhaps most importantly, when the costs to yourself might be too high to bear. It is why we were excited when we saw Professor … Continued

Letters From a Stoic by Seneca: Book Summary, Key Lessons and Best Quotes

Seneca was a prominent Roman philosopher and playwright who published several essential works about Stoicism. He is considered one of the three key Stoic philosophers (alongside Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus), counseled Emperor Nero, and is often credited with rendering Stoicism more accessible to a larger audience than his counterparts. You can read a longer profile … Continued

“What’s Wrong With This Person?”

When you inevitably get frustrated with someone today, remember this line from Anthony de Mello: “The question to ask is not, ‘What’s wrong with this person?’ but ‘What does this irritation tell me about myself?’” This question—this pause and then reversal—is an essential element of Stoicism. It goes back to Epictetus who said that we are complicit in … Continued

Taking Stoicism Beyond the Self: The Power To Change Society

Distilled into one empowering message – take control and responsibility for your own thoughts and actions – Stoicism will set you on a course for personal fulfilment, regardless of the wealth, health or skillset you have at your disposal. No wonder it has all the hallmarks of a highly successful entrepreneurial programme or bestselling personal … Continued