Epictetus’ Handbook: Do’s and don’ts for a good life

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I recently organized the entries of the Handbook of Epictetus into three categories: ones that encourage the reader to readjust her thinking, ones that advise the reader what to do for a happy and virtuous life, and ones that describe thoughts and actions to avoid. I’ll focus on the…

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…