Weapons of Reason – you got them!

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. - Marcus Aurelius If you were not born yesterday, you have already been in a pickle, gone around the block once or twice, been bullied by someone, gotten [...]

Stoic Week 2017 – Sunday

Sunday’s theme was resilience. “Be like the headland, on which the waves break constantly, which still stands firm, while the foaming waters are put to rest around it. ‘It is my bad luck that this has happened to me.’ On the contrary, say, ‘It is my good luck that, although this has happened to me, [...]

Stoic Week 2017 – Saturday

Saturday's about nature and our place in it. To me, at least at this moment in time, Stoicism feels like philosophical home. I am quite convinced that I will never subscribe 100% to any ism, and that’s how I want to keep it. But still, so many Stoic teachings have hit the bullseye in my [...]

Stoic Week 2017 – Friday

Friday was about community and our different roles in life. Practice: The Circles of Hierocles In this practice you use visualisation to cultivate compassion and caring, starting from yourself, then expanding it to people close to you, then to acquaintances, colleagues at work, neighbours, etc and so fort, eventually covering all the humans. Why not all [...]

Stoic Week 2017 – Wednesday

If you find anything in human life better than justice, truthfulness, self-control, courage… turn to it with all your heart and enjoy the supreme good that you have found… but if you find all other things to be trivial and valueless in comparison with virtue give no room to anything else, since once you turn [...]

StoicWeek 2017 – Monday

It is first day of Stoic Week 2017! In the morning reflection we were asked to read a quote from part 4.3 from Meditations, the one where Marcus urges us to retreat into our own minds and find peace there, whenever we need. Then he advices us to keep in mind and ready to hand maxims that [...]

We are all in this together

Every virtue is difficult in its own way. One that is often overlooked is kindness/justice. It seems easy enough; just treat everyone fairly and be nice, right? But when you think you do that, do you really? Do you put the best interest of your family, community and the common humanity before all else? Do [...]