Demolishing the things that terrify us: Bravery, Seneca-style

The U.S. presidential election results have affected many people at the core of their being. One one side, elation and vindication; on the other side (I am in this camp), anger and a feeling approaching despair. Stoicism, however, has helped me put things in perspective, plan for the future, recognize common ground, and feel hopeful.…

Drive Like a Stoic

  This past weekend I spent eight hours in a car with my little boy. I had plenty of opportunities to practice virtue and temperance, but I could have done with fewer. It was at times a sweaty-palms, white-knuckles experience, but it made me think about Stoic philosophy and how driving is a metaphor for…

Under My Control?

Epictetus starts his Handbook with the reflection that “Some things are under our control, while others are not under our control.” The University of Exeter’s Stoic Week 2013 Handbook (a nifty nod to Epictetus’s HB) states: “Having a Stoic attitude means completely accepting that things outside of your control are outside of your control” (Stoic…