Arthur Schopenhauer on what makes a writer immortal

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The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860) was most known for his philosophical beliefs in metaphysics which built upon Immanuel Kant’s epistemological investigations.

In Essays and Aphorisms, a collection of Schopenhauer’s work, he describes what it means to be an evergreen writer.

In today's world, an evergreen writer is defined as someone who can write content that is continually relevant. Evergreen writing is not news articles or reports on the latest findings as these things will eventually lose relevancy or new reports will supersede previous ones.

An evergreen writer is one who writes about subjects and in a way that is…


Perspective shifting in Stoicism

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“The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.”
-Marcus Aurelius

The way we think determines the way we live our lives. The Stoics believed that what set us apart from every other animal was our commanding faculty, or our ability to use logic and reason.

Through this thought process, the Stoics felt that through the use of logic, we could examine our thoughts and then use logic to change our judgments and perspectives of our initial thoughts, thus, helping to manage the emotional pull of situations.

Below are…


Marcus Aurelius, Heraclitus, and the change that binds us

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Very often in life, we fear change. Change brings about uncertainty. We resist change because it is a loss, a loss of what we know and are possibly comfortable with. It reminds us that we may never get back what we once had.

But resisting change doesn’t turn things to our favor.

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus believed the whole world was built on change, built through the tension of opposites always moving against each other. Heraclitus once remarked:

“Cold things grow hot, the hot cools, the wet dries, the parched moistens”

To Heraclitus, everything was in a constant state of…


Child’s Play

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.2:

Quote

“To shrug it all off and wipe it clean — every annoyance and distraction — and reach utter stillness. Child’s play.”

Advice

We’re all flustered at times from events that occur within our lives. Perhaps it…


The Stoics on Fate and how we can grow

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The Stoic tenet known as Discipline of Desire is the virtue of living in accordance with Nature and our part within the whole of the universe. It encompasses aspects of the philosophy like physics, theology, and cosmology. The Discipline of Desire is about understanding our place within Nature and living in accordance with it. Marcus Aurelius sums up Discipline of Desire in Meditations, stating:

“Everything suits me that suits your designs, O my universe. Nothing is too early or too late for me that is in your own good time. All is fruit for me that your seasons bring, O…


Interview

An interview with Kai Whiting & Leonidas Konstantakos, authors of the book Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In

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The below is an interview with Kai Whiting and Leonidas Konstantakos for their newly released book, Being Better: Stoicism For a World Worth Living in. We previously reviewed their book which can be read here.

So to get started, tell us a little bit about yourselves. How did you become interested in philosophy and what about Stoicism resonated most with you? And how did you two meet to eventually decide to collaborate on this book together.

Leo: I became interested in philosophy at an early age as a part of my interest in the history of the ancient world generally. Stoicism particularly resonated with me following my two tours in the Iraq War. Stoicism is a philosophy of life that centralizes virtue and communion with nature (humanity and the cosmos), and yet doesn’t promise a life of worldly success, comfort, or…


Book Review

Book Summary, Favorite Quotes, & Lesson Learned

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Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In is the latest book on Stoicism by Kai Whiting & Leonidas Konstantakos. The book lays out a great introduction to the philosophy for anyone new to it, and for those who are already familiar with it, provides a great refresher with modern day examples of individuals living the Stoic virtues.

Summary

The book is a perfect primer or refresher for anyone interested in the philosophy of Stoicism. …


The Stoics on judgments and changing perspective

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How often have you felt yourself wondering what someone else thinks of you? Have you felt yourself changing your actions, or proposed actions, based upon what you felt others would say or feel?

Biologically, others’ opinions of us have played an important role. When we were hunters and gathers, others’ opinions of us were a great resource to try and protect ourselves. We truly needed others to like us because we risked the possibility of being thrown out of our tribe, or worse, killed. The more we did our job and were in alignment with the rest of the tribe…


5 ways to overcome the roadblocks in life

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Obstacles will always stand in your way. That is a part of life and always has been for us. Dating back to the beginning of Homo Sapiens, we have been confronted with obstacles that will either stop us or push us forward. Looking at how far we’ve come in a relatively short time as a species, it is because we have constantly grown from obstacles. In the span of a few hundred thousand years, we’ve created the entire civilizations that we know today. That’s not happenstance, it’s from dealing with problems head on and finding ways to change.

Obstacles are…


The Archer

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Cicero in De finibus bonorum et malorum:

Quote

Take the case of one whose task it is to shoot a spear or arrow straight at some target. One’s ultimate aim is to do all in one’s power to shoot straight…

D.A. DiGerolamo

Lessons in philosophy, self-development, leadership, and strategy. stoicwithin.com. Socials: @stoicwithin / @dadigerolamo

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