When I read about Stoicism philosophy, I often notice its similarities to the Buddhist philosophy — like the idea that your satisfaction with life shouldn’t depend on external factors and accumulation, but instead on your inner state.
A tenet of Buddhist philosophy is that you should always test out its ideas for yourself…
Well written, but addressing our modern understanding of Stoicism, rather than Stoicism per se. I must say that I find our modern understanding of Stoicism rather ridiculous (“modern” = AD 1000 -1500 until today). It is a long subject, so just a couple of comments:
Good points about the need to act, and not merely to think — but I don’t consider this to be in opposition to stoicism. There is much in the world that we cannot control and we should not beat ourselves up over this — but that does not mean that we should be complacent. We still have control over our reactions to the world, and those reactions may and should often be actions, not merely thoughts.
The problem with Stoicism is that it sees feeling as an obstacle, but it misses that the Good Life is a passionate affection for the Truth.
Love is not an obstacle to truth, it is the love of Truth that liberates us to live free from the tyrant of the Self.
I can’t help but think that there is a synthesis that makes sense here. While I’d cut the first word out of it, the “Serenity prayer” seems close to it:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
I wanna go to Memetic Mediator school.
This was so clearly written, and I’ve had my thoughts illuminated in the process. Thank you. This is such an important area. Imagine how things would change if we all realised and settled into the space where multiplicity exists. We would begin to regain an understanding of what…
I personally love doing this and it’s the only way I come to understand other people’s positions.
But it’s also my experience that most people are not able to do this well, or even really understand when other do it.
This is by far the most interesting, comprehensive, educational, even hopeful thing I’ve read this year. I enjoyed the several hour detour to catch myself up on the more obscure tribes, their terms and methodologies, several of whom I never heard of. I couldn’t help but notice the Robert Anton Wilson influences early on in the piece, and confirmed…
This white paper and the accompanying spreadsheet of Memetic Tribes is the summary of humanity I’ve been searching for. So much to unpack — thank you for the obvious effort this must have taken!
What appears to be missing is representation from indigenous peoples and those aligned with the principles of Nature, but in such…