Stoicism and Covid 19

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Stoicism and Covid 19

Post by Secret Alias » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:45 am

“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

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Re: Stoicism and Covid 19

Post by Joseph D. L. » Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:55 pm

It's easy for Aurelius to promote Stoicism when he's the emperor.

Diogenes and Cioran had it right.

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Re: Stoicism and Covid 19

Post by Secret Alias » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:13 am

Actually I see it the other way around. How difficult it must be to gain enlightenment when you are ruler of the world. We have it relatively easy. If we can't become enlightened we should be whipped in the streets and chased with dogs. It's all about overcoming egoism. If you are young, beautiful, gifted, rich, powerful you almost have to be retarded not to be egoistic. When you are old, ugly, poor and hopeless the world is helping along attaining self-mastery. That's why the ancients thanked God as bad things were happening to them. It was assisting the unselfing of themselves. The danger came when phonies saw that these ascetics were attracting a crowd. The message is quite simple otherwise.
“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

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Re: Stoicism and Covid 19

Post by Joseph D. L. » Fri May 01, 2020 7:43 pm

I don't know. I see someone like Aurelius talk about Stocism and my inner Marxist gets triggered.

Also, isn't there a stark contrast between the Stoicism of Zeno and the Greek, and the Soicism of Aurelius and the Romans? From what I've read the Greeks didn't have the romanticism that the Romans had, and their position was "life sucks, deal with it".

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Re: Stoicism and Covid 19

Post by Secret Alias » Mon May 11, 2020 10:25 am

You know what Nietzsche says “Of all evil I deem you capable: Therefore I want good from you. Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws.”
“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

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