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PIOTR STANKIEWICZ

The Stoic approach to thinking about the past

Feature || PIOTR STANKIEWICZ

“We shouldn’t overly focus on heavy duty metaphysics. Finding out what the world is really like is not really our area of expertise anymore. Physics, chemistry, and evolutionary biology take care of that. The one job we have is to remain Stoics whatever the world is like.”


Is heavy-duty metaphysics really relevant?

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“We shouldn’t overly focus on heavy duty metaphysics. Finding out what the world is really like is not really our area of expertise anymore. Physics, chemistry, and evolutionary biology take care of that. The one job we have is to remain Stoics whatever the world is like.”


“Watching the horrific images coming from Ukraine we need to ask ourselves: is this really the way to go in the 21st century? Do we still want to cherish the concept of war as a part of our thinking?”


What Covid-19 taught us

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“Having a good philosophy of life is a must.”


The showing off

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“After all, showing off is never just about doing or having something. It’s also not just bragging, but it brings a certain fact about them and puts it right in front of our eyes. ”


The indirect ways of Stoic happiness

Editorial || PIOTR STANKIEWICZ

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


‘Nature’ and the Stoic

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“"Nature" is what's out there, beyond our cities and suburbs. Nature is the wilderness, plains and hills, jungles and oceans of the Earth.”


On dealing with stress

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“I need to comprehend a given stressful situation not in terms of a personal challenge, but in terms of objective obligations, expectations and commitments. This and that needs to be done? Okay, it needs to be done in a certain way.”


On being tired

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“Tiredness is not just tiredness itself, but it is also a microcosm of human experience.”


Seeing the mind-body connection

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“In Stoicism body, mind and spirit are not distinct but are all made of one and the same matter.”


The ‘worry, don’t decide’ trap

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“We need to learn how to choose to not travel that path. This is what I came to call the principle of defining a proper alternative.”


It’s better than you think: The 80/120 rule

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It’s no mistake – it’s supposed to be 80/120. It’s a deliberate play on the 80/20 rule, so please, don’t confuse it. Today I take a different angle. I want to show how the Stoic principles translate into patterns of daily life.


Stoic Sages vs. Stoics-to-be

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“On the one hand we have the crowning heights of sagehood, on the other there are the daily doldrums of the work of selfimprovement. ”


How To Increase The Quality Of Our Lives

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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.


How to Live Purposefully

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Living on purpose