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CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

The Stoic sage as a metaphor

Between Us || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

The concept of a "Stoic sage" in an intriguing one. According to Stoicism, only a Stoic sage is virtuous and happy. Yet none of us is a sage. Not just that, no one can ever be a sage. Since one is either virtuous or vicious, happy or unhappy, we are all vicious and unhappy. (There is no intermediate state between happiness and unhappiness, virtue and vice in Stoicism.)


Lessons in Stoicism by John Sellers

Book Review || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Lessons in Stoicism is by John Sellars, a prominent modern Stoic scholar. His name should be familiar to our readers—he is on our Advisory Board and he writes to the magazine occasionally. 


Stoicism as a way of life

Between Us || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Stoic principles can be used to solve our problems, big and small. But they can also be seen as a way of life, so it is always with us, warding off problems before they arise and offering us help if they still arise. 


Sure we can talk the talk. Can we walk the walk?

Between Us || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

I seldom call myself a Stoic. Although I have been helped by Stoic principles all my life (I first stumbled on to Stoicism in my teens), no one close to me—not even my family or friends—knew that I had anything to do with Stoicism. I never talked about it. When I wrote my first book on Stoicism, Unshakable Freedom, they all wanted to know how I had known about Stoicism.


Beyond the obvious: Seeing things differently

Between Us || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Insects in amber 

When we look at our daily life, we see that we face an array of problems—financial, health, and our relationships. 


How we do anything is how we do everything

Between Us || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

In this issue there is an interesting article on Stoic walking by Donald Roberson. 

Come again? “Stoic” walking? Is a Stoic supposed to walk differently? 


Who were the hopefulists (Epistikoi)?

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

The “Hopefulists” 

It seems that there was a little-known group of Greek philosophers known as the “Hopefulists’ (Elpistikoi). 


Is Stoicism self-centered?

Between Us || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Is Stoicism a self-centered philosophy? 

Does Stoicism really teach us to care for others except in so far as it is in our own interest to do so? Why should we care for the community? Here is one explanation: 


Waiting for Washangza day

Between Us || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Meredith, our contributing editor, was driving home with her then 6-year-old daughter from her swimming lessons. The daughter announced, 

“I’m going to take up an extra gymnastic class.” 


How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

Book Review || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

How to Think Like Roman Emperor by Donald Roberson. St. Martin’s Press. 294pp. Available in bookstores and on Amazon https://amzn.to/2VW7xFa 

Reviewed by Chuck Chakrapani 


In Stoicism, there are no victims

Between Us || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

In Stoicism, you accept whatever happens to you as a given. When outsiders see this, they often assume that Stoics are passive, inactive, and gutless. 

Wrong. 


The most Stoic city in the world?

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

When I look out of my window I can see the flatiron building featured on the cover. Why is it featured here? I will come to it in a minute. But first a question.


The festival is life is on. Are we present?

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

I have been fortunate enough to travel the world several time and see many wondrous things. But there are also countries I haven’t been to and sights I haven’t seen. One such sight that I had always wanted to see, but never had the opportunity, was the Northern Lights. 


A wobbly Stoic on his mother’s passing

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

What is a ‘Stoic response’ to a loss?


How to be Free

Book Review || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

This is an impressive new edition of Epictetus' guide to the good life, 'Enchiridion'.