Practical Stoicism: Get Up

Submitted by c0c0c0 on Sun, 10/13/2019 - 11:46

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: 'I have to go to work—as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for—the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?'

—But it’s nicer here…

Practical Stoicism: Amor Fati

Submitted by c0c0c0 on Sun, 04/28/2019 - 14:11
When the philosophers talk about Amor Fati, "Love your fate", they mean the bad parts. There's no difficulty in loving your fate when you've just won the lottery. Still, it's always been relatively easy for me to grasp why we should accept our fate. It's going to happen, so why fight the unavoidable. It has been far harder to really understand, however, why we should "love" it. It seems Stoic enough if we can just "grin and bear it", right?

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.

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.