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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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The Courage to Look into the Eyes of a Reptilian

By Maurizio Bisogno Conspiracy theories are innumerable or almost. This field is highly productive, and every theory always hides “something” it does not say. In essence, we can say that there are conspirators, conspiracy theorists and critics of the aforementioned approaches. The foremost common criticism of conspiracy theories perhaps is that which associates them with a collapse of rationalism. This will drag us all to the underside of the most bizarre irrationalism which may end any rational consensus on how the planet on which we live works. For critics of this type we’d be within the presence of an outbreak

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Defiance or Submission, Courage or Acquiescence?

“Then fifteen, Montaigne was out in the street, for the Collège had suspended classes during the violence. He witnessed the killing of Moneins, a scene he never forgot. It raised in his mind, perhaps for the first time, a question that would haunt the entire Essays in varying guises: whether it was better to win an enemy’s respect by an open defiance, or to throw yourself on his mercy and hope to win him by submission or an appeal to his better self.” (S. Bakewell) In the film The White Tiger the Indian slave combines both those attitudes according to

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