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

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

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

The Stoic Guide to Winning The War Of Reality vs. Expectations

This is a guest post by Alex J. Hughes, a writer and software product manager based in Nashville, TN. He is also the author of the popular article on our site “8 Stoic Secrets to Help You Build Mental Toughness.” *** “Fortune falls heavily on those for whom she’s unexpected. The one always on the lookout … Continued