What is Stoicism and How can it improve your life?
Stoicicm doesn’t just mean being quiet and not responding to things. There is much more to this practice from the ancient world.
According to WikiPedia is is “an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason (also identified with Fate and Providence) that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.”
Here are some of the top facts and ideas about this philosophy:
Who are the most notably people who taught Stoicism?
Marcus Aurelius – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. He served as Roman consul in 140, 145, and 161
Seneca – Lucius Annaeus Seneca, known simply as Seneca (or Seneca the Younger), was a stoic philosopher and rhetorician. He’s one of the first stoics for which there are considerable literary remains for us to study. Born over 2,000 years ago in Spain as the son of Seneca the Elder, Seneca had a mixed reputation.
Epictetus – Epictetus was born nearly 2,000 years ago in Hierapolis (present-day Pamukkale in Turkey) as a slave in a wealthy household. Epaphroditus, his owner, gave him the permission to pursue liberal studies and it is how Epictetus discovered philosophy through the Stoic Musonius Rufus who became his teacher and mentor
What Books On Stoicism Should I Read?
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Letters From A Stoic by Seneca
Discourses by Epictetus
What are the 4 important Virtues of Stoicism?
- Courage – standing up for yourself and other sin difficult situations
- Temperance – Don’t be too brash when when you are trying to be courage – moderate yourself
- Justice – Always seek to do and say what is good and stand up for what is right, especially for those weaker or more vulnerable than you are
- Wisdom – Learn! But d not just be book smart. It is important to learn about what emotional intelligence as much as it is important to learn about conventional forms of intelligence
There is so much more to what Stoicism really is, but know that it can bring calm to your life, while also giving you purpose and making you strong against any issues or strife you may encounter.
This is just a small starting point for Stoicism. There is so much more to this than what we have here. On your journey to a better life, we suggest going out there to research more about this philosophy and make the most out of life.