Joined: Dec. 2006
|Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Feb. 22 2008,10:58)|
|Stoicism was a fantastic philosophy! Sadly the term "stoic" now seems to mean without emotion. |
Read Marcus Aurelius, Musonius Rufus and Epictetus.
For a modern interpetation read anything by Albert Ellis, PhD. who based his approach to modern psychology on key stoic ideas. Specifically the notion that "we are disturbed not by events, but by the views which we take of them" which was advocated by Epictetus. In fact some folks here might find it interesting that Ellis credits Epictetus, Karl Popper and Alfred Korzybski ("Science and Sanity") as his greatest influences.
edizt: cuz I can
I personally am rather fond of Epictitties, who had a couple of BIG ideas, that I can really dive into, and I try to get my hands on all the Epictitties material I can, as often as I can.
It has been often discussed whether it is the firmness of Epictitties, or the size of the Epictitties that is of primary importance, and while some men hypothesize that "any Epictittie is better than NO Epictittie"*, I find that is best to be firm about the subject.
Sometimes it is best to approach the subject delicately, after perhaps long discourse, dinner and a little beer or whine, there are other times when the straight-up approach works best**, and knowing which is the best approach, at the right times my friends...
THIS is the Great Philosophical Truth that all men seek.
*Louis after 1 bottle of good vintage port, & 1 bottle of merlot.
**Richard after 6 Smithwicks
Come on Tough Guy, do the little dance of ID impotence you do so well. - Louis to Joe G 2/10
Gullibility is not a virtue - Quidam on Dembski's belief in the Bible Code Faith Healers & ID 7/08
UD is an Unnatural Douchemagnet. - richardthughes 7/11