Epictetus: Ancient wisdom for the modern world

Epictetus was a former slave turned philosopher. From his students’ notes we have four discourses, a handbook, and a few fragments. In the Enchiridion (or handbook) Epictetus wrote that external events are not up to us. And though we can exert varying degrees of influence, our desired outcome isn’t guaranteed. But our goals, values, and actionsContinue reading “Epictetus: Ancient wisdom for the modern world”

The Painted Porch

Stoicism is valuable. – Stoicism has a bad reputation. I’ve criticized it in the past. But my misunderstandings were based on the colloquial sense of stoic in contrast to Stoicism as a philosophy. And Stoicism’s core idea is a good one: you can’t control anything except yourself, so don’t sweat the rest. The problem withContinue reading “The Painted Porch”