What Philosophy Is

It’d be hard to do a better description of Stoicism than Plutarch’s here:

“The teaching of philosophy is not, if I may use the words of Pindar, ‘a sculptor to carve statues doomed to stand idly on their pedestal and no more,’ no, it strives to make everything that it touches active and efficient and alive, it inspires men with impulses which urge action, with judgments that lead them towards what is useful, with preferences for things that are honorable, with wisdom and greatness of mind joined to gentleness and conservatism.”

So don’t think this is about reading and discoursing. No, it’s about doing and becoming. Mostly, about doing and becoming better.