The situation is that I am at lunch break at school. I feel I have around 40% control of my environment..My control is not 100% as there are some things that I have absolutely not control such as the weather or what my next classes are. However what others are saying can be effected from what I have to say or offer so it is pseudo in my control.It is not 0% as I have direct control of my actions and nothing else. Even though I can only control myself I think that because you view the world from your body and notice less then from a wider perspective I believe we should have around 40% control.I think if I had a more stoic approach to my problems I would understand the things I have control of and things I do not. With that understanding I can know what is in my power to improve as you cannot improve something that is not in your control. As I accept full responsibility of the actions I have control of it becomes simpler to see what went right or wrong. It would also make going past a failure easier as you would realise for example it was because you were sick you could not perform in peak performance for a scenario, however in the future you would make preventative actions to reduce the likeliness of being sick. How I react and feel are within my control in difficult situations. I feel at the moment I would feel the same awkward or anxious feeling however offer the catastrophe I would become easily more relieved. Most of the short term consequences are positive as they make you more aware however the some long term consequences of not caring as much may be nurtured.
As commented by myself from yesterday I must evaluate and then categorise the problem into something in my control and something that is not. After the evaluation I must consider the non-material parts and accept that they are not purposely upsetting me, as it was just how it turned out to be. A perfectly wise and virtuous person would not have problems as they are “perfect”, nevertheless that entity would never by phased and always be composed from the problem and understand its own weaknesses and strengths. However I believe being a stoic you would not need to imitate others as you understand you cannot become others and accept who you are and why be others when you can be yourself.I think the strengths for me that I have acquired to master my situation is being patient, composed and open minded to solutions. The most influential part is the understanding that the worst is what i am feeling now and it can only get better if I make it so. I think in times of distress your emotions dictate your thinking however in most cases your mind is in control. I think practices other then being self aware are needed for mastering thoughts and feeling. These may be practise or having support from objects or other people. Epictetus, I believe wants to show his students how the problems are just the way they are viewing the situation. The situation may be desperate however even if it is really dire you must stay composed and act accordingly. To train yourself like seeing problems as just your reaction and interpretation of the problem can help you be more aware and understand the real issue or think of solutions.
The benefits of self discipline are plentiful from not being swayed from external objects or emotions to have a strong mind. With self control you could achieve objective from being more focused and less reluctant when you need to do something. Self discipline can lead you to self control by following your set rules. Healthy Rules to practice should be both mind and body. Those activities and restrictions should be from the benefit of yourself in the long run and be able to become a lifestyle rather then a burden. The activities you may want to begin with are morning jogging, restriction of unhealthy activities or just sleeping and waking up earlier so you feel more alive. The difference with shifting the goal from exercising virtues rather then external benefits are once you have accomplished that benefit/s or have given up you lose motivation to continue. This may then cause degeneration and become an endless cycle of accomplishing the same thing which is why it should be better to always just exercise virtues. To have self control and self discipline is not something you can turn off as it will then become integrated into your lifestyle and something to follow.
As stoicism is about gaining self discipline and self control from exercising virtues to love other by
sustaining the virtues onto them. I feel love and affection plays a very large role for stoics as when you see the world as true stoics [citizens of the universe] it would seem to make it so we are all together as one with one purpose to strive to progress humankind; though stoic philosophy as to acknowledge others as a part of oneself. Stoic love are similar to the way other religions in the way they truly adore and love the world and to respect it (gods creations, love thy neighbour or to treat others the way you would like to be treated). However stoicism seem to have more of a brotherly love as it is slightly concealed and somewhat aloof and showing less passion in its appearance however being more of a guid rather then showing all the answers. Stoicism also shows a much more considerate and slower approach by giving enough space by trying to take away unhealthy passions. It also seems more controlled and being able to have less trouble in the relationship.
The reserve clause seems like a way stoics use to discipline themselves by showing how they would complete a task. It is possible by pursuing external outcomes without being upset from the failures by understanding your limit of control. Stoicism teaches you to not give up but to adapt and accept some times the cards are not in your favour. It also shows how even if you do lose or win it is because you practised the particular thing more then your opposition. So if you fail it only means you need to work harder and proves the world is fair as the amount of effort you put in confirmed your outcome and results. It is also better to be calm and collected when dealing with failure as if you are distraught you may give up something you really love and enjoy rather then to seek improvement and understand why you lost. I believe stoics would be able to act just and courageously better in emotional equanimity as they would be able to think better. As you always think better when you are in control and being in emotionally equanimity makes you always in control thus improving everyday experience. As put by the article stoics in Ancient Rome were trouble-makers for sticking to moral principles.
Future adversely that would make others seem easier always makes it easier to overcome stress, for example if you had completed a one thousand and four hundred word essay for philosophy (theoretically) it would make writing a one thousand word essay seem way less difficult as you have accomplished something harder then the task before. It is also good to have a positive mind set like the world is not over or maybe next time. Challengers that are worth training for are simple everyday ones that may effect your life such as heights, insects, tight spaces. Other challengers such as not having technology, hot water, or food may be another way to appreciate them. Physical and mental challengers are also worth training. I believe the most import aspect of stoic premeditation future events is repeating the same scenario multiple times like yesterdays reserve clause it can help master you fears. A long term consequence may be not caring so much or showing less emotions however as stoicism has shown they are not just statues. The practise of the technique may also traumatise you even more then it did before if you start to high.
If I often participated in contemplating the vastness of space and time on a regular bases I would understand how inferior we are to the bigger picture. I would also think about how even in our insignificant way we still in parts impact the world. This in turn shows how we should play that role no matter how insignificant well and respectful and to as a whole [universe] be more virtuous. The cosmic perspective make me think how in the end if another individual has beaten me I should think of that individual as a citizen of the universe and at the end it does not really matter. It also makes the challenges seem less overbearing as there are always greater challengers others have to deal with. In addition it make the reality of them less frightening as some human [Matthew Wang] completing my philosophy task does not mean as much on a grander scale. We can learn how to make nature into our place in society as we as humans are always manipulating it. It also can make you love and respect the only place that gives life to us that we know of and like what other stoics did for food or shelter [self discipline] appreciate it.