Practical Stoicism: Consider Worst Case Scenarios

Submitted by c0c0c0 on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 19:17

Yet another re-write.  Hopefully, this one flows a little better, with a little less drama.  The take away needs to be that this is like exercising your misfortune muscle.  You really don't want to wait until you need it to see if you are strong enough.

"We should remind our spirits all the time that they love things that will leave - no, better, things that are already leaving.  You possess whatever is given by Fortune without a guarantor."  (Seneca – Consolation to Marcia)


In the Beginning

Submitted by c0c0c0 on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 19:30
This one thing I know: Everything happens for a reason. Not in the sense that it happens for some desired end, but in that something happened before to make it happen. This is not something I have to take on faith because it perfectly matches up with my observations. Everything follows what came before it, and laws surrounding cause and effect are ubiquitous and unstoppable.

Practical Stoicism: Reconsider the Wrong

Submitted by c0c0c0 on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 15:08

Here's another rewrite. The original was okay, but it was very short and didn't, IMHO, truly press home the point. Or at least my take on the point: That we are really not well positioned to even know when another has done wrong. And it's not in anyone's best interests for us to act like we are.

If any man has done wrong, the harm is his own. But perhaps he has not done wrong. (Marcus Aurelius - Meditations IX.38)


On Natural Solutions

Submitted by c0c0c0 on Sun, 01/15/2017 - 14:11

"If it ain’t natural, it ain’t worth a damn." - Ray Wray

Taoism has an interesting concept called “wei wu wei”, which means something like  "action without action" or "effortless doing".   There are very large books written on what that means, practically, but the simplest and most useful Western term I would translate it to is, “Go with the flow.”  Like much of Taoism, it sounds pretty passive, and I wouldn’t implement it in my life in its most literal reading.  But there is a sense where I definitely would.


Practical Stoicism: Focus on the Thing at Hand

Submitted by c0c0c0 on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 17:12

This is a new chapter, soon to be added to "Practical Stoicism".  I had a hell of a time carving it down to the requisite "1 page", but once it was done, the resulting version actually came out far better than the original.  It's interesting how having to use fewer words make you use better ones.

About the only thing I still miss was the extra quote I had to throw out:

Anything worth doing is worth doing well.  (Your mom)


Practial Stoicism: Retreat into the Self

Submitted by c0c0c0 on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 17:18

The following is a re-write of one of the first exercises written for Practical Stoicism. When I was simply writing for myself, I did a lot of cut-and-paste off the internet, mashing ideas from multiple sources together to create a kind of rambling Frankenstein monster of a booklet.  It simply didn't read as well as it should have, with jumps from proposition to conclusion without pausing for explanation.  And then back again.  I intend to go back and fix that over time, at least for the worst of them.


Welcome to

Submitted by c0c0c0 on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 19:45

Because the world needs ONE MORE BLOG!

I've been generating a little content lately that just doesn't fit on Facebook. Things that might offend someone I might want to give me money, or stuff I just don't want to have to explain. So here it goes. will be less like the front page of a newspaper and more like a keepsake box. A dusty one. Hidden in the back of the closet.

I can't promise that you'll find anything you like. Or anything that's actually good. It might, however, be interesting. Maybe. Again, no promises.