A great introduction to Stoic Philosophy

Brian McFadden has written a great introduction to Stoic Philosophy for the creative types, drawing from his own life. Briefly, my main take away points:

  • Stoicism originated in the second century BC and Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca are the chief architecs
  • Answers four questions
  • How can we lead best lives? How can we be better human beings? How can we best recover from failure? How can we best stabilise ourselvels?
  • The main principles are to
  • Do less and do the essentials and cut out non-essential from your life as much as you can; maintain and develop a sense of gratitude; brace for uncertainty; take regular breaks; have a few friends but open yourself up to those few friends

He has a few action recommendations, the most important take away point was his journal of 5/3/1 where he advises jotting down everyday five action points, three accomplishments, and one gratitude point everyday at the end of the day.

The pithiest, shortest introduction to Stoicism and makes sense.

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in: https://refind.com/arinbasu

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