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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://figsinwinter.blog - Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://figsinwinter.blog - Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://figsinwinter.blog - Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

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Episodes

805. The tiny insects that live one day

3/5/2021
Aristotle discovered some insects whose entire life lasts one day. Compared to the vastness of time, our lives are not much longer. The question is whether we are able to live them fully. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:57

804. The deal Nature has struck with us

3/4/2021
Away, then, with those follies, such as that it is miserable to die before our time. What time do you mean? That of nature? But she has only lent you life, as she might lend you money, without fixing any certain time for its repayment. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:40

803. The difference between facts and judgments

3/3/2021
The process of nature is this: that in the same manner as our birth was the beginning of things with us, so death will be the end; and as we were not concerned with anything before we were born, so neither shall we be after we are dead. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:30

802. As happy as Metellus?

3/2/2021
It never occurs to a man that such a disaster may befall himself. As if the number of the happy exceeded that of the miserable; or as if there were any certainty in human affairs. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:00

802. The right time to die

3/1/2021
Cicero argues that sometimes people live too long for their own good. Which makes the Stoic point that life itself is not an intrinsic good, but the means by which we exercise virtue. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:10

801. The real reason we are afraid of death

2/26/2021
Death, says Cicero, overtakes us quickly, and it is therefore endurable. It is the thought of leaving people and things behind that is painful. But the Stoics have a unique argument for why we should overcome that fear. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:02

800. What Socrates said about death

2/25/2021
For the whole life of a philosopher is, as [Socrates] says, a meditation on death. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:30

799. On the rationality of grief

2/24/2021
Why exactly to we grieve when loved ones are gone? Is it about them, about us? Does it depend on what we think will happen to them after death? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:27

798. Two possibilities for the afterlife

2/23/2021
How, then, can you, or why do you, assert that you think that death is an evil, when it either makes us happy, in the case of the soul continuing to exist, or, at all events, not unhappy, in the case of our becoming destitute of all sensation? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:43

797. On the nature of the soul

2/22/2021
Cicero mentions a number of accounts of the nature of the soul, explaining that the Stoic take is that the soul is a physical attribute responsible for our faculty of judgment. And it perishes with us. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:28

796. Nature's bargain

2/19/2021
Nature has presented us with this bargain: either not being born at all, or being born a mortal. Everything else is the fantasy of priests bent on scaring and controlling us, as Epicurus put it. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:19

795. The symmetry argument

2/18/2021
We seem to be awfully bothered by the fact that we will one day no longer exist. And yet, we didn't suffer from the equally true fact that for a long time we didn't exist. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:21

794. Are you so silly as to believe in Cerberus and Sisyphus?

2/17/2021
Cicero disputes with his friend about whether we should be afraid of the afterlife, and concludes that we will not exist, and therefore we will not be feeling anything. It is superstition that generates fears of death. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:29

793. On true friendship

2/16/2021
Just prove to me that you are trustworthy, high-minded and reliable, and that your intentions are benign, and you’ll find that I won’t even wait for you to open your heart to me, I’ll be the first to implore you to lend an ear to my own affairs. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:55

792. Get better today, not tomorrow

2/15/2021
As it is, you say, 'I will fix my attention tomorrow': which means, let me tell you, 'Today I will be shameless, inopportune, abject: others shall have power to vex me: today I will harbor anger and envy.' --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:39

791. You are not perfect, so what?

2/12/2021
Is it possible to escape error altogether? No, it is impossible: but it is possible to set one's mind continuously on avoiding error. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:32

790. Just pay attention, will you?

2/11/2021
Now if such postponement of attention is profitable, it would be still more profitable to abandon it altogether: but if it is not profitable, why do you not keep up your attention continuously? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:05

789. How would you like death to find you?

2/10/2021
For my part I would be found by death busy with some humane task, whatever it be—something noble, beneficent, advancing the common weal. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:50

788. The real value of things

2/9/2021
You were shameless and shall be self-respecting, you were untrustworthy and you shall be trusted. If you look for greater things than these, go on doing as you do now: not even a god can save you. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:47

787. Pay attention to the cosmic trainer

2/8/2021
'Get up', says the trainer, 'and wrestle again, until you are made strong.' Let this be your attitude; for know that nothing is more amenable than the mind of a human being. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:39