Indulge in the virtues of stoicism

15 July 2018

I perceive much whinging, wining, envy, vengefulness and an unhealthy dose of disparaging judgementalism in our midst.

May I humbly offer an age-old remedy – the virtues of stoicism. The philosophy of stoicism and its application dates back to Socrates and in essence goes something like this: You are who you are as a result of influences over which you had no control. But having arrived at this place and this point in time, all you can do is to be the best that you can be by honest and committed application. You are not responsible for who you are or for any other individual. But you are and remain responsible for all that you do.

Consequently all that you are is in the doing. Know that you alone can only change what you think, say and do. You cannot change others nor any other components of the extended environment over which you have no influence. In real terms, nothing can be changed by whinging, whining or blaming. And as you apply your mind to words and actions, be aware and respectful of your own strengths and weakness – be self-respectful. Additionally be aware of these things in others with a non judgemental, sensitive and respectful disposition, for you can only guide and advise others. The doing is theirs alone.

Acknowledge 'own needs' but refrain from mistaking ‘wants’ for needs. For if you create needs out of all your ‘wants’ you shall be relegated to a life of fear of loss/failure with perpetual distraction from the essence of your existence. Fear only loss of self-respect and disrespect for the environment.

Finally, be inspired to action by the virtue of contributing value to self, others and to the environment – making things better than they were before you engaged therewith.

Let me play out with a lecture on the Virtues of Stoicism as practiced by one of the greatest leaders of the Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius. So grab your popcorn and watch this excellent, inspirational lecture. Never has it been more applicable than to our times and the leaders that we’ve inherited.

See:

https://youtu.be/5897dMWJiSM

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