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Life can be overwhelming, navigating day by day is difficult at best and nearly impossible without a guide. The philosophy of Stoicism is a map for living a good life. Join Steve every Sunday for interviews with modern Stoics, readings of ancient texts, and advice for implementing Stoicism in your daily life. Carpe Diem!

The Sunday Stoic Steve Karafit

    • Philosophy
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Life can be overwhelming, navigating day by day is difficult at best and nearly impossible without a guide. The philosophy of Stoicism is a map for living a good life. Join Steve every Sunday for interviews with modern Stoics, readings of ancient texts, and advice for implementing Stoicism in your daily life. Carpe Diem!

    182- Thinking Philosophically About Current Events

    182- Thinking Philosophically About Current Events

    Racism, rioting, peaceful protests, these are difficult things to think about let alone talk about but to remain silent is worse.

    • 9 min
    181: Self Control

    181: Self Control

    Stoics are not unfeeling automatons. But we do try to dial down the effects of negative emotions. The perfect Sage may not feel full blown anger, or lust or anxiety, but we are not sages.
    In this episode Seneca tells Lucilius about the need for self control and the importance of not trying to harness negative emotions like the Peripatetics.
    Reading: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius/Letter_116
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    • 19 min
    #180 Practice is over, this is real life

    #180 Practice is over, this is real life

    This is not practice, this is life. You know your principles, you do not need another teacher to be your guide, rise as an autonomous Stoic!
    Today's Reading The Enchridion#50. Whatever moral rules you have deliberately proposed to yourself. abide by them as they were laws, and as if you would be guilty of impiety by violating any of them. Don't regard what anyone says of you, for this, after all, is no concern of yours. How long, then, will you put off thinking yourself worthy of the highest improvements and follow the distinctions of reason? You have received the philosophical theorems, with which you ought to be familiar, and you have been familiar with them. What other master, then, do you wait for, to throw upon that the delay of reforming yourself? You are no longer a boy, but a grown man. If, therefore, you will be negligent and slothful, and always add procrastination to procrastination, purpose to purpose, and fix day after day in which you will attend to yourself, you will insensibly continue without proficiency, and, living and dying, persevere in being one of the vulgar. This instant, then, think yourself worthy of living as a man grown up, and a proficient. Let whatever appears to be the best be to you an inviolable law. And if any instance of pain or pleasure, or glory or disgrace, is set before you, remember that now is the combat, now the Olympiad comes on, nor can it be put off. By once being defeated and giving way, proficiency is lost, or by the contrary preserved. Thus Socrates became perfect, improving himself by everything. attending to nothing but reason. And though you are not yet a Socrates, you ought, however, to live as one desirous of becoming a Socrates.

    • 7 min
    179: Good Character

    179: Good Character

    This week Marcus Aurelius lists and defines the character traits that he wishes to have. Marcus wants to be prudent, resigned and magnanimous. We too can aim for these traits, to be wise, to focus only on what we can control and to have greatness of soul.
    This week's readings: Meditations 10:8 I am reading from the Jeremy Collier translation.
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    • 22 min
    178: The Greater Good

    178: The Greater Good

    The Stoics often elevate Justice above the other virtues. Our man duty in this life is to be a just member of society. This week I'll reflect on justice as well as share my journal entry of the day where I explore the spiritual side of Stoicism.
    Readings: Marcus Aurelius Book 11 #21
    Musonius Rufus #14
    Epictetus Book 2 #10

    Journal Entry
    The Cosmos, (God, Nature, the ultimate, the one) is the source of all, and therefore worthy of reverence and study. From this study, humanity has learned that it is a conscious extension of the Cosmos. We are the consequence of, as well as component of, a web of cause and effect. From the Cosmos we briefly emerge, with a sliver of thoughtful independence, and to the Cosmos we eventually fully return.
    Via this cosmic connection and our own influence on the web of cause and effect, lie our immortality. We are the products of the laws of nature and as such are eternally bound by these laws. More specifically, we are beings of the Earth, related to every other known being, and yet set apart by the refinement of our ability to communicate, investigate, learn, and change.
    To live well in this world, I need to learn from it, this is the cultivation of Wisdom. From this knowledge it is clear that our species survives due to our ability to cooperate, we are social beings, we must live in cooperation, therefore Justice is my primary aim. To live well I need to not only to share and work with others, but also to control myself if I am to become the best example of humanity that I can; for this Temperance is needed. To be wise, just, and temperate in the face of hedonistic passions and clashing worldviews, Courage is needed. If these virtues are pursued and progress is made, then my eternal contribution will be a good one, I will, upon the end of this journey, be worthy to return to the Cosmos.
    Where am I to gain this wisdom? Humanity has been seeking it for centuries. In science I can learn our most well supported understanding of the functioning of nature. From philosophy, how best to live as a member of a diverse society and pursue truth, beauty, and wisdom. From religion, the breadth and beauty of humanity’s contemplation of its place in the universe, as well as thanksgiving, community, culture, and charity. This pursuit is worthy so far as it does not contradict our best understanding of reality. Contradiction reveals either an incomplete understanding or an incorrect assumption. A belief in that which contradicts the laws of nature is tantamount to idolatry. When in doubt in any of these matters, it is best to hold no opinion!
    It is my goal to align my life wholly to these principles. Contradictions and wrong paths are inevitable, but with effort and time, willingness to change and grow, the journey will have been worth the effort.

    • 16 min
    177: Bad Choices

    177: Bad Choices

    If we resolve to do something, it can feel inconstant to change our minds, but sometimes changing our minds is the logical thing to do. This week we'll hear from Epictetus Book II Chapter of the Discourses. This show is also available on YouTube https://youtu.be/QTK3Ta2VSrA
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    • 13 min

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