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BRITTANY POLAT

An empath’s guide to Stoicism

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“We can choose whether to go with the world the way it is, or be dragged along kicking and screaming.”


Cultivating a cosmopolitan mindset

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“Stoic cosmopolitanism... helps us cultivate a feeling of belonging, wherever we are and whoever we are with.”

 


Good gracious

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“We could all do with a little more civility, a little more grace and graciousness in our lives. There is no shame in being decent, understanding, and non-strident; in fact, that’s where virtue lies.”


The virtue of orderliness

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“If you struggle with disorder in your actions and environment – if your life is a bit chaotic or unorganized – remind yourself that orderliness starts on the inside.”


Against snobbery

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“Regardless of how mistaken you believe someone else to be, mocking or abusing them (as Epictetus once said) is not the way to lead them back to the proper path; that will usually just turn them against you even more. ”


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.”


If virtue is natural, why isn’t everyone virtuous?

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“You have all the raw material to become wise, courageous, self-controlled, fair, and benevolent toward others.”


Moral charisma: The power of virtue

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“So let’s remember, as we look for moral teachers, that while theory is important, so is


The problem with pity

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“So instead of giving in to pity, let’s train ourselves to truly help others by showing rational love and Stoic goodwill.”


Seeing things the way they are

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“As Stoics, one of our primary tasks is learning to see the world clearly and accurately.”


The appearances trap

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“Despite our love of truth, though, difficulties arise because the truth is not always obvious or easy to understand.”


Tame your mind

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

We all have moments when we need to tame our mind. Perhaps you feel yourself starting to become angry, or anxious, or just overwhelmed by everything you have to do.


Going Down the Wrong Garden Path

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

The unfortunate thing about desires is that they’re more like fast-spreading ivy than pretty potted plants: they tend to get out of control very quickly.


What Does It Mean To Flourish?

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

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.