Wisdom

A Stoic Guide to Climate Change

Stoicism serves well as a practical system of values for confronting modern-day dilemmas. And there is perhaps no more imposing set of problems facing society today than climate change and global warming. The question is, how can a philosophy founded thousands of years ago help us respond to the climate emergency?  While we can’t say …

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Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday: Book Summary, Key Lessons and Best Quotes

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”  — Blaise Pascal The Buddhist word for it was upekkha. The Muslims spoke of aslama. The Hebrews, hishtavut. The second book of the Bhagavad Gita, the epic poem of the warrior Arjuna, speaks of samatvam, an “evenness of mind—a peace …

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Who Is Chrysippus? The ‘Second Founder of Stoicism’ Who Died Laughing

Introduction Many of us don’t consider philosophy a laughing matter. After all, we turn to philosophers to understand the world around us and determine how to find meaning in it. To many, philosophy is a matter of life and death. However, that doesn’t mean philosophers take their own lives so seriously. The death of Chrysippus …

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