We all know how difficult it is to control our minds. Obsessive, unclear, unwanted, and destructive thought continually invades our minds causing fear, anxiety, indecision, anger, and depression. Continue reading Western Philosophical Meditation
I recently wrote about the story of James B. Stockdale, who survived as a prisoner of war with the help of the philosophy of Epictetus. Continue reading Critique of Epictetus and Stockdale
Admiral James Stockdale Epictetus
In the last few days I have written about each of the three major Stoic philosophers: Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus. Continue reading Epictetus and Admiral James Stockdale
Statue of Marcus Aurelius on horseback.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.~ Marcus Aurelius
Yesterday I wrote about the impending death of the neurologist and author Oliver Sacks. I was particularly struck by this line from Sachs’ public goodbye Continue reading Summary of Seneca On the Shortness of Life