On Stoicism

An appealing philosophy to ponder about

The Politics of Writing

Even if one is not interested in the philosophy of stoicism, it is extremely useful to decipher the spirit of the Ancient Roman people, just by the popularity that stoicism once held. Historians often points out the range of stoicism, being popular from slaves all the way up the Emperors themselves. No doubt this was because the practicality and usefulness of the philosophy.

To give a brief overview of stoicism, taking one of the many meditations of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius sums it up perfectly:

“Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil. But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, the nature of evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself…

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