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The Daily Stoic 366 Meditation on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living
Contents of Daily Stoic PDF
PART I: THE DISCIPLINE OFPERCEPTION
- JANUARY: CLARITY
- FEBRUARY: PASSIONS AND EMOTIONS
- MARCH: AWARENESS
- APRIL: UNBIASED THOUGHT
PART II: THE DISCIPLINE OFACTION
- MAY: RIGHT ACTION
- JUNE: PROBLEM SOLVING
- JULY: DUTY
- AUGUST: PRAGMATISM
PART III: THE DISCIPLINE OFWILL
- SEPTEMBER: FORTITUDE AND RESILIENCE
- OCTOBER: VIRTUE AND KINDNESS
- NOVEMBER: ACCEPTANCE / AMOR FATI
- DECEMBER: MEDITATION ON MORTALITY
- STAYING STOIC
- A MODEL OF LATE STOIC PRACTICE AND GLOSSARY OF KEY TERMS AND PASSAGES
- A WORD ON THE TRANSLATIONS, REFERENCES, AND SOURCES
- SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
Preface to The Daily Stoic PDF
The personal diaries of one of Rome’s best emperors, the non-public letters of one of Rome’s finest playwrights and wisest energy brokers, the lectures of a former slave and exile,
turned influential trainer. In opposition to all odds and the passing of some two millennia, these unbelievable paperwork survive.
What do they are saying? Might these historic and obscure pages actually include something related to trendy life? The reply, it seems, is sure.
They include some of the best knowledge within the historical past of the world.
Collectively these paperwork represent the bedrock of what is called Stoicism, an historic philosophy that was as soon as one of the preferred civic disciplines within the West,
practiced by the wealthy and the impoverished, the highly effective and the struggling alike within the pursuit of the Good Life. However over the centuries,
data of this manner of pondering, as soon as important to so many, slowly light from view. Besides to essentially the most avid seekers of knowledge,
Stoicism is both unknown or misunderstood. Certainly, it could be onerous to discover a phrase dealt a better injustice by the hands of the English language than “Stoic.”
To the typical particular person, this vibrant, action-oriented, and paradigm-shifting means of residing has develop into shorthand for “emotionlessness.
” Given the truth that the mere point out of philosophy makes most nervous or bored, “Stoic philosophy” on the floor appears like the very last thing anybody would wish to study, not to mention urgently want within the course of every day life.
What a tragic destiny for a philosophy that even one of its occasional critics, Arthur Schopenhauer, would describe as “the very best level to which man can attain by the mere use of his school of purpose.”
Our aim with this e book is to revive Stoicism to its rightful place as a instrument within the pursuit of selfmastery, perseverance, and knowledge: one thing one makes use of to reside an ideal life, somewhat than some esoteric subject of tutorial inquiry.
The historic Stoics themselves had been no slouches. The names you encounter on this e book—Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus,
Seneca—belonged to, respectively, a Roman emperor, a former slave who triumphed to develop into an influential lecturer and buddy of the emperor Hadrian, and a well-known playwright and political adviser.
There have been Stoics like Cato the Youthful, who was an admired politician; Zeno was a affluent service provider (as a number of Stoics had been);
Cleanthes was a former boxer and labored as a water provider to place himself by means of faculty; Chrysippus, whose writings are actually fully misplaced however tallied greater than seven hundred books,
skilled as a long-distance runner; Posidonius served as an envoy; Musonius Rufus was a trainer; and many others.
What have all these nice males and ladies discovered inside Stoicism that others missed? An ideal deal.
Whereas teachers usually see Stoicism as an antiquated methodology of minor curiosity, it has been the doers of the world who discovered that it supplies a lot wanted power and stamina for his or her difficult lives.
When journalist and Civil Conflict veteran Ambrose Bierce suggested a younger author that finding out the Stoics would train him “easy methods to be a worthy visitor on the desk of the gods,”
or when the painter Eugène Delacroix (well-known for his portray Liberty Main the Folks) known as Stoicism his “consoling faith,” they had been talking from expertise.
So was the courageous abolitionist and colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led the primary all-black regiment within the U.S. Civil Conflict and produced one of the extra memorable translations of Epictetus.
The Southern planter and author William Alexander Percy, who led the rescue efforts within the Nice Flood of 1927, had a singular reference level when he stated of Stoicism that “when all is misplaced, it stands quick.”
As would the writer and angel investor Tim Ferriss, when he referred to Stoicism as the perfect “private working system” (different high-powered executives like Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Condé Nast Worldwide, have agreed).
Nevertheless it’s for the sector of battle that Stoicism appears to have been significantly properly designed. In 1965, as Captain James Stockdale (future Medal of Honor recipient) parachuted from his shot-up aircraft over Vietnam into what would in the end be a half decade of torture and imprisonment, whose identify was on his lips? Epictetus.
Simply as Frederick the Nice reportedly rode into battle with the works of the Stoics in his saddlebags, so too did marine and NATO commander Common James
“Mad Canine” Mattis, who carried the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius with him on deployments within the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan,
and Iraq. Once more, these weren’t professors however practitioners, and as a sensible philosophy they discovered Stoicism completely suited to their functions.
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