Recent Stoic Meditations, #8

When Fortuna allows, I publish a short morning meditation based on a short quote from a Stoic writer, seeking to apply that ancient wisdom to life in the 21st century. Here are the most recent entries:

Even in ordinary life we can be courageous and just, if we pay attention to what we are doing and why. (listen here)

Marcus Aurelius joins Seneca in his rejection of anger as a valid or effective motivator of human action. (listen here)

Seneca explains why not doing wrong is your best bet toward achieving serenity of mind. (listen here)

Seneca gives a disturbing list of reasons why we kill each other. Most of them are precisely the kind of negative emotions that Stoic training is attempting to move away from. (listen here)


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Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at and He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.