Zeno of Citium, bust in the Farnese collection, Naples – Photo by Paolo Monti, 1969. A common criticism of Stoicism is that is doesn’t leave proper room for the emotions or passions (EorP), and thus that it advocate a passionless, unemotional and apathetic life. Let’s investigate this claim.
I have taught out of several hundred philosophy books in my college teaching career. One textbook, Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, had a prelude with a futuristic photo of a spaceship, missile launching, or futuristic house
Everything changes; everything evolves, all is transitory. This may be the fundamental fact of life. Buddhist philosophy is particularly insightful on this point with its distinction between gross and subtle impermanence.
We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live. ~ Socrates In Plato’s Republic
A friend sent the above documentary to me and I recently watched it. I was truly moved by the story of Thích Nhất Hạnh life. The first thing I noticed was the contrast between a true seeker of peace and love as compared with the hypocrites who claim to be religious but who are in … Continue reading Biographical documentary of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh