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Meredith Kunz

Finding value wherever you go

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“So here’s to “what you make of it,” no matter what “it” is.”


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.


The Stoic struggle: The moral self caring for others

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“What are tragic stories except descriptions of people who went after external things that were not under their control, failed, and as a result, suffered?” - Epictetus, Discourses, 1.4


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.


Stoic-style coping: New research

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“A study led by researchers at Harvard confirmed what modern Stoics already knew: It’s not the situation itself that causes our emotional turmoil, it’s how we think about it..”


On seeing clearly

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

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


What we see ... and what we don’t

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“Seeing can help us understand the urgent need to try to do something. I realize I can only do what’s within my power, but I hope I’ll find ways to learn and act,”


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.


Can you do Stoicism the easy way

The Stoic Gym || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

In this issue of THE STOIC, our contributors offer simple ways of practicing Stoicism. 


Enjoying the festival of life vs. trying to get more

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“I stop and remind myself daily that I have a singular shot at this life – both as a lover of knowledge, and as a human who dances, sings, and enjoys celebrating at the festival.”


Judging Life By Its Length

The Stoic Gym || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

In the 5,000 year old epic Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk, Gilgamesh sets out to find the secret of immortality. He undertakes an ardous journey and faces many dangers in his quest. In the end, he comes to the understanding that humans cannot be immortals. All we can do is to live our lives well here on this earth.


How To Measure Ourselves

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

We live in an age of measurement. Data is constantly being gathered about us and used to measure and predict how we behave. When we go online we are being tracked and assessed, feeding into marketing profiles. Even in the physical world, cameras are recording us, and our iPhones and smart watches absorb a huge amount of information about our activity, down to our stride length.


What Are You Giving Up?

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

Striving for externals


Concentration in a World of At-Home Distraction

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

Do with “genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly”


"There, But For The Grace of God,..."

The Stoic Gym || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

John Bradford, the Sixteenth Century English Reformer, was a humble man. He was the Chaplain to King Edward VI. Yet, it is said that, whenever he saw a criminal led to his execution, Bradford would exclaim,

There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford!