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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

834. Is grief a form of cowardice?

4/15/2021
Cicero presents an argument according to which grief is the result of lack of courage. As a modern Stoic, I beg to differ. Overcoming grief requires courage, but the feeling itself is natural and inevitable. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:11

833. Lust and anger

4/14/2021
They who are run away with by their lust or anger have quitted the command over themselves. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:30

832. Everyone but the sage is mad

4/13/2021
Cicero explains the Stoic "paradox" that everyone but the sage is mad. In the sense of not being reasonable. The good news is that we can work on being less mad, every day. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:10

831. Diseases of the mind

4/12/2021
There are more disorders of the mind than of the body, and they are of a more dangerous nature. And what disorders can be worse to the body than these two distempers of the mind, weakness and desire? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:44

830. On fame

4/9/2021
Popular fame is hasty and inconsiderate, and generally commends wicked and immoral actions, and throws discredit upon the appearance and beauty of honesty by assuming a resemblance of it. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:33

829. Natural virtue?

4/8/2021
The Stoics put forth the notion that we are naturally virtuous (i.e., prosocial), and that it is society that leads us astray. Modern science confirms their intuition only in part. The fact remains, though, that the choice is ours. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:03

828. Who we really are

4/7/2021
What reason shall I assign, O Brutus, why, as we consist of mind and body, the art of curing the body should be so much sought after, but the medicine of the mind should not have been so much the object of inquiry? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:11

827. The power of acting right

4/6/2021
If you are satisfied with yourself when you have approved of what is right, you will not only have the mastery over yourself (which I recommended to you just now), but over everybody, and everything. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:45

826. Posidonius talks about pain

4/5/2021
Posidonius was once afflicted by severe pain, and yet invited Pompey to discuss philosophy. He said: “Pain, it is to no purpose; notwithstanding you are troublesome, I will never acknowledge you an evil.” --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:22

825. Dionysius the Renegade

4/2/2021
Cicero tells the story of how Dionysius quit Stoicism because he was experiencing chronic pain, and how Cleanthes, the second head of the Stoa, chastised him for not understanding the Stoic take on the issue. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:27

824. Epaminondas, one of the most excellent men who ever lived

4/1/2021
Cicero refers to the story of the Theban general Epaminondas, who sacrificed his life to free his people from the Spartan yoke. If he was capable of that, surely we can withstand the pains and setbacks of ordinary life. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:52

823. When Zeno bit the tyrant

3/31/2021
Cicero tells the story of Zeno of Elea, a philosopher who withstood torture and faced death in order to overthrow tyranny. Remember that, the next time you complain about a toothache... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:16

822. Pain and mental attitude

3/30/2021
While physical pain may be inevitable, our mental attitude makes a significant difference — for better or worse, depending on how we choose to see things. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:27

821. Better to be a sick person with integrity than a healthy lier

3/29/2021
Health has value, and is therefore preferred in the Stoic system. However, it is not an intrinsic good, and if in order to stay healthy you have to cheat others, you should accept the chances that you might get sick. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:56

820. How to learn to bear pain

3/26/2021
Cicero suggests that getting used to one kind of discomfort or pain will allow us to more easily bear another kind. This is the basis for some modern Stoic exercises, like taking a cold shower. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:16

819. The crucial importance of patience

3/25/2021
I do not deny pain to be pain—for were that the case, in what would courage consist?—but I say it should be assuaged by patience, if there be such a thing as patience: if not, why do we speak so in praise of philosophy? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:33

818. Courage vs pain

3/24/2021
For the Epicureans virtue is instrumental in achieving ataraxia, a life of tranquillity. For the Stoics ataraxia is a byproduct, a result of the fact that the virtuous person can take on any challenge in life with a serene mind. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:03:15

817. Should we ban the poets?

3/23/2021
Poetry and fiction tug at our emotions. They are pleasant and powerful, but they may also be manipulative. While Plato's solution to ban poets is not a good idea, we should keep our critical sense on guard so not to be manipulated. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:47

816. On bearing pain

3/22/2021
I cannot allow the wise person to be so indifferent about pain. If they bear it with courage, it is sufficient. For pain is, beyond all question, sharp, bitter, against nature, hard to submit to and to bear. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:37

815. Pleasure, pain, virtue

3/19/2021
Cicero on Epicureanism: "What disgrace, what ignominy, would he not submit to that he might avoid pain, when persuaded that it was the greatest of evils?" --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:58