From Vol. 2, Issue 10, October 2020
Live like a Stoic for a week
Stoicon 2020 / Stoic week
Stoicism during a Pandemic: Care for Ourselves, Others, and our World
Every animal, as soon as it is born, is concerned with itself and takes care to preserve itself. It favours its constitution and whatever preserves its constitution, whereas it recoils from its destruction and whatever appears to promote its destruction … also parents’ love for their chivldren arises naturally. From this starting-point we trace the development of all human society … This is also the source of the mutual and natural sympathy between humans, so that the very fact of being human requires that no human be considered a stranger to any other.
Cicero, On Ends, 3.16, 62-3
One should always keep in mind these things: what the nature of the whole is, and what my nature is, and how my nature is related to the whole, and what kind of part it is of what kind of whole, and that no one can prevent me from always doing and saying what is in accordance with nature of which I am a part.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.9.
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