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On human fallibility

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Humans are fallible. In fact, the Stoics thought that we are so fallible that none of us ever gets to be completely virtuous. They said only a sage can be virtuous and, for all practical purposes, no one ever gets to be a sage.


In search of a Stoic

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

The portrait of a Stoic

Who is a Stoic?


“In the minds of men”

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

As Covid-19 seems to be winding down, our return to normalcy is once again threatened, this time by the Russo-Ukranian war. What should a Stoic do? Where does a Stoic stand on this?


Stoic self-sufficiency vs. kindness

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Stoics believe that one needs nothing outside of oneself to be happy and fulfilled. The moment we say we need something outside of ourselves to be happy – be it wealth, health, power, relationship or whatever – we become immediately dependent on others, on our circumstances, or on some external event happening in a way we would like.


Stoic virtue signalling

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

The Stoics taught us to lead a virtuous life. But why? The purpose of virtue is presumably to enable us to lead the good life. However, it is quite easy to fall into the trap of feeling superior because one practices virtue, which may not be a virtuous thing to do. The temptation to let others know of one’s superiority can be irresistible.


The indirect ways of Stoic happiness

Editorial || PIOTR STANKIEWICZ

“Stoicism itself in nothing else than one great elaboration on human happiness.”


New Year’s resolution: Respect yourself

Editorial || BRITTANY POLAT

“You don’t depend on other people or circumstances for a good life. Instead, you possess the inner resources to find joy whatever you are doing.”


Stoic joy, an oxymoron?

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Stoic literature, especially for a casual reader, is not brimming with joy. Probably because of that, over time, the word ‘stoic’ came to be associated with enduring hardship without complaining rather than with the joy of living.


Stoic values

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Some aspects of Stoic philosophy can be blindingly obvious. For instance, who could possibly take issue with the basic tenet of Stoicism that some things in our life are up to us and others are not?


Stoic morality

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Morality is said to exude charisma. From Socrates to Gandhi, people who held no formal power exuded moral authority and have attracted people drawn by their moral charisma.


Leaving your comfort zone

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

We cover in this issue some of the less commonly discussed themes of Stoicism. Our contributors in this issue argue that we are used to comforts, pity others who are less fortunate, find it hard to cope with situations like the pandemic, find it difficult to cope with transience and imperfection, and we are tired.


On seeing clearly

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

In A Scandal in Bohemia, a conversation between Sherelock Holmes and Watson goes like this:


Traps we set for ourselves

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Stoicism is a philosophy of life. Its path may be hard but it sets no traps. The Stoic traps we discuss in this issue are the traps we set for ourselves when we practice Stoicism. And such traps are many.


Stoic Echoes

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Stoicism is based on reason, not revelation. If it is based on reason, then Stoic knowledge cannot be the Stoics' exclusive preserve. Anyone who reasons should be able to come to similar conclusions, whether a Stoic or not. That is the premise of this issue.


The Stoic Gym - Visit Our New Website

Editorial || Editor

Over the past several months, we have been redesigning our website in an effort to make it the single most useful website for Stoic practitioners. While the website does offer articles that relate to Stoic theory, our main emphasis is on practice: What can I do now to lead a better life?