Putting pain to good use

Is it necessary to endure pain to achieve good things in life? Ancient Roman Stoic philosopher Musonius Rufus seems to think so, and in fact wonders why the same people who will suffer for the sake of an illicit affair or to gain fame--things that will provide little of value--will not suffer as readily for…

A new gig

Dear readers, I apologize for my absence, but I have been busy with a new writing gig at 3 Quarks Daily. I have had a monthly column there since the summer. Somehow it has taken up a lot of my time, but I love it. I had been feeling a little limited on this blog…

Stoicism for crises

It has been an eventful, challenging past few months. I have been wondering for a while how Stoicism would help me deal with an actual crisis--but to be honest, I fell short of wishing for a crisis to come so that I could be tested. I’m soft, and it’s the holiday season. Needless to say,…

A Stoic response to the digital onslaught

What I’m realizing lately is that it’s a good mental exercise to apply a Stoicism overlay to any theme: How would a Stoic react to [x]? I’ve enjoyed reading others analyze such diverse topics as suicide, waiting tables, and Angry Birds. In that spirit of discovery I thought I’d take on technology and our complex relationship to it. Technology…