This is a transcription of my introductory speech for the first Stoic meeting of the Cambridge Stoa
So, we are going to divide the meeting in the following
I want to explain to you, who am I; why I decide
to create this meet-up; I want to give a short intro an what is Stoicism and
what it means to me and possible to you.
I want to hear from you, what is your experience
with Stoicism? Do you know it? Who of you ever heard about Stoicism?
Here with me I have many books, I thought we can
start by discussing one of the main topics of the Stoicism, the duality of
control, reading from Epictetus. If you want to discuss a specific topic, we
can discuss it, or better we can discuss next time.
Why this meeting?
For what concern me. I encountered Stoicism for the first
time, like many in school, but in more recent time, it started appearing in my podcasts
then in and some videos on you tube. I wandered what was all that fuss about
and, in the last year started or so I start having an increasing interest in
I started reading the books, Donald Robertson, Pigliucci,
etc. I also went to a Stoic conference in London, the “Stoicon”.
There three-hundred people gather to discuss and listen
about stoicism. There again I met people from the Stoic Fellowship, an
international organization that promote the spread of Stoicism. I have joined
them and decide to start and seek people with this interest.
At the beginning of the year I have decide to create a meet-up event in Cambridge open for who is interested in the philosophy of Stoicisms.
Philosophy can be seen as dull and useless for the average man. However, Stoicism is nothing like that, it’s practical teaching and methods to coping mechanisms are aimed especially to who live a stress-full and chaotic life and Stoicism is becoming an important part of my life.