I first would like to apologize to any of you who have read and enjoyed my previous entries. I never anticipated taking this long to write another article, but I had to do some long thinking. I wanted to truly figure out what I wanted to accomplish by writing these pieces. In the end, I decided that my writing now and into the future will be varied in terms of subject matter, but consistent in its mission: The betterment of the individual reader and society. Whether it’s methods on reducing/eliminating anxiety, meditation, or stoicism, my purpose and drive to write to all of you is to take the best information that I have come across in my short time on this planet and share it. I get no monetary gain from any of these posts. I would be honored and touched if any of my readers takes what they read and either use it to improve their life and focus and or pass it along to others to do the same. So without further ado, here we go kids!
Stoicism, in a nutshell, is a purge. It is a philosophy of seeing past money, status, ego…things that drive us to do what we do, but leave us feeling hollow inside. The reason why these “achievements” are never satisfying is because they are all surface. They don’t treat the cause. They simply treat the symptoms and then we wake up to a new day lacking purpose. The grand achievement in Stoicism is the mastery of four qualities: Wisdom (moral insight), courage, self-control, and justice (in terms of fair dealings between you and your companions). With wisdom comes knowledge-seeing past the surface level bullshit (empty calories). With courage comes peace of mind knowing that you did everything you could and did not let yourself down. With self-control (perhaps the most crucial to the four qualities) comes self-sufficiency. And justice rids ourselves of lingering guilt, which does much more harm than we generally know.
I’m not going to waste your time and write a thesis on Stoicism. If what I just described in the previous paragraph sounds like something you’d like to work on or explore, I’d recommend starting with Seneca. The man is brilliant in his insights and ‘Letters From a Stoic’ is a great starting point. Unlike many other philosophers who give vague “answers”, Seneca is very cut and dry. You might not like how blunt he is, but his words ring true. If I receive positive feedback on this subject, I will make sure to focus more future articles on it and delve deeper.
That’s all I have for today. I promise to write more often and I hope you all have a great day rest of the day =)