I have been interested in Stoic philosophy for a while and decided to do some reading to understand more. What I have found in a short time is that although Stocicism is literally an ancient philosophy, it has never been more relevant than today. In the modern world of the 21st century, with it’s stressors and challenges, it’s guiding principles assist us in not only understanding what to do in every situation but how we should react.
I’m no expert in the philosophy, but the simple guiding phrases and virtues below, I find particularly inspiring and aspirational.
Memento Mori - “Remember that you may have no time left”
Amor Fati - “Learn to love and embrace change and the unexpected”
Premeditatio Malorum - “Visualize potential future grief and hardship and plan accordingly”
Summum Bonum - “Always do the right thing, the most good.”
Sympatheia - “Always act in the interests of the common good”
The Four Stoic Virtues:
I certainly plan to do more research and to understand how to apply it’s tenets & principles to a greater degree.