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What are the beliefs of stoicism? (part 1)

The Logos A major belief of many stoics is the presence of a God who, eternal and perfect, produces the World in its totality – He is the active principle that generates everything there is. This active principle is the soul of the World and it is a rational soul which not only gives life, but also order to the same world. This Principle, this God gives existence, life, and order. It is also called the Logos: everything comes from the Logos and everything returns to the Logos. Every being, everybody in this world is penetrated, made of, and supported

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What is the real cause of happiness? – Stoicism 2

In the previous article I dealt with the root question of Stoicism, in this one I will go further and examine where happiness lies for human beings. What does really matter to us as human beings. Virtue = Good – Only virtue can bring happiness. Live virtuously = goal of humans, the rest is indifferent. When we embark on the path to satisfy our desires, we start a chain of events that will be infinite. No desire satisfaction lasts for ever, after each desire satisfied another one rises and so for ever. How can happiness be based on that never-ending

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Unity of life and thinking – Stoicism 1

The basic question for the Stoics is: How does someone live a good life? They have a practical orientation, they choose frugality and virtue, which they consider the aim of life. Stoicism and CBT interpret emotions as being mainly due to our beliefs and patterns of thinking. Some stoic techniques are: Stoic mindfulness, retrospective evening meditation, the view from above. What matters is virtue, and virtue consists in living according with the of divinely ordered universe. Studying Philosophy for the stoics is a matter of learning to give an overall shape and purpose to your life and of using your

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How to put together Historical Materialism, Esotericism, Stoicism?

Considering that the phenomenon is what happens, then there are our thoughts about it, and finally our understanding. Based on that, the politician, ideally, takes decisions which have a relevance for the entire society. The action on the material world, nevertheless, faces personal upheaval which can be overcome with the stoic method. A realistic view of the situation, considering the order of things, allows a more balanced emotional state and consequently a higher level of well-being.

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Intelligence Is Killed by Pathogenic Ideas

“The West’s commitment to freedom, reason, and true liberalism has never been more seriously threatened than it is today by the stifling forces of political correctness.” Gad Saad, The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense The main thesis of this book is that our world is dominated by pathogenic ideas (bad ideas, they generate “ill” thinking) which are killing common sense as the ability to reason. If you have read my previous article Is Common Sense Defeating Your Thinking Power? you know how the Socratic method works, at least in its essential structure. The Socratic method for

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Is Common Sense Defeating Your Thinking Power?

by Maurizio Bisogno Is it because we fear the hostility of others that we do not question the status quo? Our capacity to doubt can be shattered by an inner sense that convention of society must have a firm basis, even if we are not exactly sure what this may be. Does it seem unlikely to you that our society could be seriously mistaken in its beliefs? Do you fear you would be alone in noticing that? My suggestion is that you should not suffocate your doubts and follow the flock but turn to the philosophers for help. You may

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The Socratic “Foot Massage” dialogue in Pulp Fiction

by Maurizio Bisogno In starting this article, I have made two assumptions:  the first is that you have seen Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction. The second one is that you should have a basic understanding of the Socratic method. After reading this article again I decided that, in fact, you will be able to understand it even if you don’t satisfy the two conditions above. What I am going to show you is an application of the Socratic dialectical method in a particular scene of Pulp Fiction. In this scene, the two main characters Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vince (John

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It Is Pointless Sweating to Get the Superfluous

In the letter IV [Letters to Lucilius], Seneca discusses the correct attitude to be taken towards life and death, because the two are indissoluble indeed. In so doing, he also tells us how to understand “possession”, directing our attention to its essential characteristic, which always implies the possibility of loss. It is not worth living as if our happiness depended on attachment to things or to life itself: on the contrary, the opposite is true, and that is that a serene life depends on the awareness of its transientness. Thus, we can live a better life in quality, without paying

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Obvious Secrets Sold As Revelations

I am starting a new section on my website and I will dedicate it to practical questions; I mean politics, books and everyday popular topics. I will start with a book. First, I am giving some general impressions then I will publish notes and observations that will come up along my reading. Hopefully, you will enjoy and subscribe to my newsletter. Thank you and have a nice day. I don’t buy a certain book because I share the point of view of the author, but because I want to know what the author is saying and how can he or

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How to Reduce Weight with Philosophy

Here’s how. Stimulated by a friend’s question, we start with two quotes from Diogenes: What’s the best time for dinner? “If one is rich, whenever he wants, if one is poor, when he can.” “If only it was easy to make hunger disappear by rubbing your belly as it is with sex.” You are following a diet that has greatly reduced the amount of food you can eat, now you complain that you have to abstain from eating as much food as you like and that hunger torments you. First, I ask you to look carefully at the reasons why

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