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Vol. 3, Issue 5, May 2021
In the 5,000 year old epic Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk, Gilgamesh sets out to find the secret of immortality. He undertakes an ardous journey and faces many dangers in his quest. In the end, he comes to the understanding that humans cannot be immortals. All we can do is to live our lives well here on this earth.
As Stoics we often talk about living a good life and being happy. And it goes without saying that we all want to be happy.
Stoic philosophy helps us deal with life’s challenges.
We live in an age of measurement. Data is constantly being gathered about us and used to measure and predict how we behave. When we go online we are being tracked and assessed, feeding into marketing profiles. Even in the physical world, cameras are recording us, and our iPhones and smart watches absorb a huge amount of information about our activity, down to our stride length.
Stoicism is a perennial philosophy. One problem with perennial philosophies is that sometimes they require us to dive into an analysis which may seem fruitless today because it had been all sorted out thousands of years ago. Our predecessors nailed it and we have nothing to add. And yet, we need to mull it over again and again – that’s how important some principles are.
British poet and author Kate Clanchy recently wrote in The Guardian about her experience of helping her parents die a good death, in the midst of a pandemic where dying is portrayed as the worst of all ills.
Becoming the emperor
Being better by Kai Whiting and Leonidas Konstantakos is an excellent primer on how Stoicism really works in real life. The authors make it clear that Stoicism is a self-help philosophy with a twist.
Stoic thoughts for every day of the month.
June 5, 2021
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