A Stoic Response to Power

“To recognize the malice, cunning, and hypocrisy that power produces, and the peculiar ruthlessness often shown by people from ‘good families.’” Marcus Aurelius At a young age, Marcus Aurelius is chosen to one day ‘assume the purple’—to become emperor—by Hadrian. Perhaps Hadrian saw something in him, perhaps since he lacked a son of his own, … Continued

How Stoicism Saved My Life: My Story Of Battling Addiction

This is a guest post by Seth Blais, an advocate, writer, and person in recovery from addiction. You can contact him through his website www.sethblais.com or follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  *** I found myself withdrawing from heroin, unemployed, divorced, and laying restlessly in a twin-size bed in the small room I shared with a stranger. … Continued

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?”

Many people like to start January 1 with New Year’s resolutions. Here’s something to consider: You didn’t just come up with the resolution on the morning of January 1st. You’ve known it for a while. You’ve been putting it off. You said, January 1st, that’s when I’ll finally do it. OK. Better late than never, but the ultimate resolution this year would be to do away with that kind of … Continued

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius These words, written by Marcus Aurelius nearly two millennia ago, cut to the core of what it means to live a good life – it isn’t what we say that defines our character, it’s what we do. Today, in a society obsessed with content, outrage, and drama, it’s easy to get lost in the echo chamber of the debate of what’s “better.” We can have endless discussions about what’s right and wrong. What’s a‘man?’ What does it mean to … Continued

A Stoic Response To Betrayal

Late in his reign, sick and possibly near death, Stoic Emperor Marcus Aurelius received surprising news. His old friend and most trusted general, Avidius Cassius, had rebelled in Syria. Having heard the emperor was vulnerable or possibly dead, the ambitious general declared himself Caesar and assumed the throne. Marcus should have been angry. After all, … Continued

The Stoics on Humor

One of the greatest misconceptions surrounding the Stoics is the notion that they lacked a sense of humor. Ralph Waldo Emerson expresses this unfortunate stereotype perfectly in Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli: “I remember that she made me laugh more than I liked; for I was, at that time, an eager scholar of ethics, and had tasted the sweets … Continued