The Stoicism of: The Onion – On Trials, challenges, life, death, good times and bad (and hot and cold showers).

Though at first this article seems like The Onion are taking the piss out of (and they might be) Stoic approaches to misfortune, trials, life, death, gratitude, nature and the indifference of the universe, and good and bad times (and even taking cold showers) reveals itself as you peel the layers, much like …

Are you suffering because of a future that may not even be bad? Or may even be far greater than you fear? Or may not even happen at all?

If something sucks, or worse, is terrible, do we suffer? Maybe you think yes. Is that situation of suffering definite (at least in your current perception of reality)? Maybe you also think yes. And is your current reality 100% certain and present (at least in your own perception)? Maybe that’s …

If you managed to survive okay without something or someone before they came into your life, you can live without it after it’s gone

What’s the most important thing or person/people/animal in your life? At some point they came into your life, right? But before that, you were fine living without them, so it’s realistic that you can be fine without them (And you will be without them at some point). If you have a baby, meets …

Optimism… pessimism… Same bullshit.

The optimist taking an exam believes ‘I will definitely pass the exam’. And if they don’t it leaves them completely devastated, not being prepared for the chance they wouldn’t)t prepared for not passing it). A pessimist thinks ‘There’s no way I’ll pass’ and spends their whole time wasting life in a disgusting …

Here’s my review of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations (and Stoicism): Just look at the state of the book. [+ The philosophy of: Marcus Aurelius]

6 weeks ago, my copy of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations looked like this: And yesterday, after consciously taking my time to read as little of it every day as possible (so as to think about and most importantly try put it into practice) I finished. Just over a month later (not 20 years, as …