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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers.

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers.
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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers.

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English


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Do like Socrates, have a dialogue instead of a dispute

10/16/2018
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Epictetus reminds us that Socrates made an effort to talk to people while avoiding rudeness and invectives. Imagine if we did the same today, instead of indulging in the current climate of acrimony about social and political issues. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:09

Love requires virtue, not externals

10/15/2018
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Seneca says that one shouldn't love a person because they are rich, or strong, but because they are virtuous. Which gets us into a discussion of the meaning of the word "axia," referring to things that have value but are not crucial. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:27

Rich vs poor

10/12/2018
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Seneca says that being rich does not make you a good person, nor does being poor make you a bad one. We then use this quote to explore the relationship between externals and virtue. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:14

Joy vs pain

10/11/2018
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Seneca says that it is natural to seek joy and avoid pain. But the virtue involved in both cases is the same. In the quote we examine today, then, there are a lot of crucial Stoic concepts to be parsed out. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:12

What is virtue, anyway?

10/10/2018
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Seneca tells us that virtue lies in how you handle things, both good and bad. If you are sick, be gentle with those who are taking care of you. If you get a promotion, don't brag to your colleagues. It's the virtuous thing to do. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:41

Talk to people like Socrates would

10/9/2018
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Epictetus reminds us that it is senseless to talk to others just in order to score points. That way we don't learn, understand, or persuade; we just puff ourselves up and waste opportunities. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:48

All virtues are related

10/8/2018
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Seneca states the classic Stoic view that all virtues are aspects of a single underlying one: wisdom. In this episode we explore what that means in practice, every day. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:42

What matters is how you handle things

10/5/2018
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Seneca tells us of one of the well known Stoic paradoxes (i.e., uncommon opinions): it is equally good to be joyful or to endure torture. How can we make sense of this? Find out in this episode. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:29

Death is change and not to be feared

10/4/2018
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Seneca is at peace with the notion of death, and in this episode we talk about why the Stoic attitude toward this natural process of cosmic recycling makes a lot of sense. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:36

Let us celebrate those truly worth celebrating

10/3/2018
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Seneca suggests that we should remember and honor the people that have made positive contributions to humanity, and I add that perhaps, conversely, we should get away from modern "celebrity" culture. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:27

I want something on which I may test my endurance

10/2/2018
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Seneca is asking for trouble. Well, not exactly. But he reminds us that Stoicism is about constant practice, so we shouldn't just be prepared to meet a challenge, but positively welcome it. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:37

Whatever can happen at any time can happen today

10/1/2018
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Seneca says that we have no idea when Fortuna will take friends and loved ones away from us, so the sensible way to live our lives is to take full advantage of every moment we spend with them. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:48

Make friends, oppose Fortuna

9/28/2018
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Seneca says that making friends is one way to counter the doings of Fortuna, because having friends is one of the great consolations in life, no matter what happens to us. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:04

Nothing good comes out of a static universe

9/27/2018
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Marcus Aurelius reflects on the famous concept the Stoics inherited from the pre-Socratic Heraclitus: panta rhei, everything changes. What would happen if we took this seriously, in our everyday life? Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:24

Don't make fun of others, be helpful

9/26/2018
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Epictetus says that if we encounter someone who is lost we don't make fun of him, but give him directions. Why, then, do we engage in sarcasm against people who disagree with us? Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:13

Practice self control to become more virtuous

9/25/2018
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Musonius Rufus reminds us that self control is a crucial component of the cardinal virtue of temperance. This doesn't mean we cannot enjoy pleasures, only that we need to do it in proper measure. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:10

Enjoy your friends and loved ones, now

9/24/2018
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Seneca says that we should greedily enjoy our loved ones, right now. Because we have no idea how long we will enjoy the privilege of their company and affection. Pay attention to the here and now. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:17

The Stoic approach to grief

9/21/2018
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Stoicism is often accused of counseling to suppress emotions. This quote from Seneca clearly shows it doesn't. Then again, we don't want to wallow in grief and let it paralyze us, because we have duties toward the living. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:28

Converse with the best minds, read a book

9/20/2018
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Seneca reminds us that one of the simplest and cheapest of pleasures is to engage in a continuous conversation with the best minds humanity has ever produced. By reading a (good) book. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:31

Are you really that busy?

9/19/2018
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Seneca suggests that we should change our attitude toward being busy: don't surrender yourself to your affairs, but loan yourself to them and you will live a happier life. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Duration:00:02:43