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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers with Prof. Massimo Pigliucci. Complete index by author and source at https://philosophyasawayoflife.blog/stoic-podcast/. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

Stoic Meditations Massimo Pigliucci

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers with Prof. Massimo Pigliucci. Complete index by author and source at https://philosophyasawayoflife.blog/stoic-podcast/. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

    1088. Wrong priorities

    1088. Wrong priorities

    As you are careful when you walk not to step on a nail or turn your ankle, so you should take care not to do any injury to your character at the same time.


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    1087. Conversation and company

    1087. Conversation and company

    When you’re called upon to speak, then speak, but never about banalities like gladiators, horses, sports, food and drink – common-place stuff. Above all don’t gossip about people, praising, blaming or comparing them. Avoid fraternizing with non-philosophers. If you must, though, be careful not to sink to their level; because, you know, if a companion is dirty, his friends cannot help but get a little dirty too, no matter how clean they started out.


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    1086. Grief and loss

    1086. Grief and loss

    When somebody’s wife or child dies, to a man we all routinely say, ‘Well, that’s part of life.’ But if one of our own family is involved, then right away it’s ‘Poor, poor me!’ We would do better to remember how we react when a similar loss afflicts others.


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    1085. Money

    1085. Money

    If I can make money while remaining honest, trustworthy and dignified, show me how and I will do it. But if you expect me to sacrifice my own values, just so you can get your hands on things that aren’t even good – well, you can see yourself how thoughtless and unfair you’re being.


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    1084. On insults

    1084. On insults

    Remember, it is not enough to be hit or insulted to be harmed, you must believe that you are being harmed. If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation. … Take a moment before reacting, and you will find it is easier to maintain control.


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    1083. Do not groan inwardly

    1083. Do not groan inwardly

    When you see anyone weeping for grief, either that his son has gone abroad or that he has suffered in his affairs, take care not to be overcome by the apparent evil, but discriminate and be ready to say, "What hurts this man is not this occurrence itself — for another man might not be hurt by it — but the view he chooses to take of it." As far as conversation goes, however, do not disdain to accommodate yourself to him and, if need be, to groan with him. Take heed, however, not to groan inwardly, too.


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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

snowboardsurfergloop ,

Informative and practical

Massimo is a master at making Stoic wisdom from the ancient texts accessible and applicable.

Doug Newdick ,

Helpful in troubling times

Massimo Pigliucci’s podcast on stoicism has been a great help and balm during the disruption to my life that has been the covid-19 pandemic. Stoicism is a way of thinking and living that is designed to help us in times of great distress (though it can be a great help at other times as well). Pigliucci reads and then reflects on some of the key writings and lessons of the ancient stoics, updating them and making them relevant to contemporary life as well as making them approachable and comprehensible to the non-philosopher. Highly recommended.

Sdeve ,

Life changing - every day

Thanks Massimo, this short podcast sets me up each morning and puts me in a clear headspace with a focus point for the day.

One suggestion for the audio. As you pre record the intro and outro seperatly to save time (and fair enough), to avoid the sometimes jarring transition at the end, have you considered having the "thank you for listening..." playing over the top of the outro music? It would need to be mixed for clarity but I think the transition could be more pleasant.
Thanks again.

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