Introduction to Stoicism – pamphlet

Not to merely know, but to live philosophically

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“It isn’t the events themselves that disturb people, only their judgements about them”

Epictetus

“If it is not right don’t do it, if it is not true don’t say it”

Marcus Aurelius

“Through my efforts, I gain the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”

Secular serenity preyer

­What is Stoicism?

In today’s English, we refer to stoicism as: the ability or the predisposition of a person to endure pain or hardship without the displaying of feelings.

However, that is not Stoicism!

Stoicism is a philosophy, a school­ of thought founded in Athens about 2300 years ago by a man named Zeno of Citium. Zeno started his school by standing on a porch in the market and talking to anyone who happened by. The word for porch in Greek is stoa, and the followers of Zeno were known as Stoics.

Stoicism became the preeminent philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome; it penetrated all sectors and classes of the society such that two of the most important Stoic authors are the slave Epictetus and the emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Stoicism flourished for nearly 500 years, until the fall of the empire. It re-emerged occasionally in many philosophers and thinkers during the Renaissance when people returned to reason to find answers about how to live.

However, only recently has it been rediscovered as a philosophy to live by!

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Stoicism and the Art of Happiness

The stoics lived a long time ago, but they had some startling insights into the human condition – insights which endure to this day.

In this meetup we’ll have an overlook on Stoicism as a whole. From its foundation by Zeno in 301 BC in Greece, its development in the following 500 years and its modern return.

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 7:30 PM

Station Tavern
2 Station Square Cambridge, GB

28 Members Went

The stoics lived a long time ago, but they had some startling insights into the human condition – insights which endure to this day. In this meetup we’ll have an overlook on Stoicism as a whole. From its foundation by Zeno in 301 BC in Greece, its development in the following 500 years and its modern return. Stoicisms is a body of thought with a si…

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Stoicisms is a body of thought with a simple extraordinary goal: to provide a rational, healthy way of living in harmony with the nature of the universe and in respect of our relationships with each other and to possess a sense of direction in life!