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Community – Stoic Week Day 5

The theme for day five of Stoic Week is community. Stoicism isn’t just about looking inwards and self-development, it’s also about our place in society. Today’s texts focus on our shared humanity. “The fact of their common humanity means that one person should feel another to be his relative.” Cicero, On Ends, 3.62-3 It’s too easy right now to look at what’s happening in the…

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Relationships – Stoic Week Day 4

Six years ago I took part in a 12-month management training programme at the institution I then worked for. I learnt an incredible amount about myself over that year and I feel it has in some way helped to shape the person I am today. I refer to one of my greatest takeaways from the programme regularly. It came from a workshop on emotional intelligence:…

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Virtue – Stoic Week Day 3

The third theme of Stoic Week is virtue, the central tenet of Stoicism. “Virtue is the only thing that is fundamentally good and the sole basis for genuine fulfilment in life, according to Stoicism.” Stoic Week Handbook 2017 In this morning’s text, Marcus Aurelius characterises virtue as “justice, truthfulness, self-control, courage” which he sees as the best things in life. The characteristic that I’m most…

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Living values – Stoic Week Day 2

Tuesday’s theme is change, and in particular a focus on what we can change in our lives to move us closer towards living our values. The morning meditation from Seneca’s Letters ends with a call for consistency, which I’ve highlighted below. “Ethics has three branches. The first assigns to each thing its proper value and determines what it is worth … The second deals with…

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