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January 13, 2018 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Avoid Excuses and Train Everyday

1. Sooner and later, illness and death will overtake us all. 2. So, instead of complaining, we should accept them cheerfully. 3. Aim to improve yourself every day.

December 20, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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The main objective of Stoic Training

Impressions are the raw material we need to work with. By nature, we gravitate towards what is good and move away from what is bad. Our only concern is about our choices. Good and bad arise out of our choices and others have nothing to do with it.

December 16, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Three Aspects of Stoic Training

Stoic practices fall into three areas: desire, action, and assent. Of these the most important and urgent is to deal with our desire. We should always be able to get what we want and always be able to avoid what we don’t want.

December 13, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Your Choices Shape Your Excellence

What makes an animal excellent does not make a human being excellent. Your superiority as a human being comes from your ability to reason. Adorn yourself as befits a human being. Your beauty comes from the nature of your choices.

December 9, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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The Woman Epictetus Made Rich

Epictetus was well-known during his lifetime and presumably taught many rich and powerful people (such as his student Arrian). Many of his students came all the way to Nicopolis in Greece from Rome, Italy, to study with him. And yet Epictetus lived a simple life.

October 21, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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4. The Stoic ‘Lojong’: A Habit Training Exercise

Stoic principles can help us lead a better life if we apply them in our daily lives. Even when we know this, when the time comes to apply them, we don’t remember them. We know, for example, that many things that happen are not under our control...

October 1, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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3. The Marcus Nine: A Stoic Tranquility Exercise

’The Marcus Nine’ is an exercise designed to keep you tranquil under difficult life conditions. This is a handy technique to use when you feel offended by the way someone speaks, acts or if someone behaves in an unacceptable way. This technique was devised by Marcus Aurelius.

September 27, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Become Skillful in Correcting Contradictions (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English II.26)

People indulge in contradictory actions only because they don’t know they are being contradictory and believe what they do is right. If you point out their contradiction, they will change. If they remain unconvinced, it means that you are not skilled enough to show them their contradiction.

September 23, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Why Do You Need Logic? (Epictetus Discourses in Plain English II.25)

If you want to know why logic is important, one needs to develop a logical argument to show that. But unless you know logic, you won’t even know whether the argument is valid or misleading. Therefore logic is needed, even to decide if logic is needed.

September 20, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Make Yourself Worthy (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English II.24)

If you want someone of knowledge to talk to you, you should first arouse an enthusiasm in that person to talk to you. To excite a teacher to talk to you, you should first demonstrate that you are capable of learning.