4 Principles From Greek Philosophy You Need In Your Daily Life
20 de marzo de 2018Ariel Rodriguez
Incorporating these stoic teachings in your life will change everything.
Have you ever had one of those days where the universe seems to be conspiring against you? A flat tire on your way to work. Spilling coffee on your shirt during a meeting. Losing your keys when you most need them. We certainly don’t have control over the things that happen to us in daily life, but we do have control over how we deal with them. A “stoic" person is someone who avoids emotional extremes when facing pressure and stressful situations. The word stoic comes from the philosophy of stoicism, a set of personal ethics on how to behave based on logic and our perception of the world. It is said that those who practice this philosophy are on the right track to happiness. So, what’s their secret, and how do we achieve this?
Wisdom: understanding the world around you and doing your part in nature's plan.
As was mentioned before, the principle of the philosophy has to do with how we see the world. We often attribute the things that happen to us to luck. Whenever we notice a pattern of negative events in our lives, we tend to feel depressed and disappointed. However, what stoicism
Temperance: actions speak louder than words.
Our thoughts do not necessary reflect our values. We can judge, criticize, and hate other people based on a number of reasons. Yet, in order to remain at peace and be in harmony with ourselves and others, we must behave in a civilized and cordial manner. Not doing so could result in a negative chain of events that will affect you and others. Because of this, keeping those things, that could hurt others, to yourself is much more than a philosophy principle: it's tolerance and respect.
Courage: not letting ourselves be controlled by pleasure or pain.
Stoicism teaches us that our emotions can have consequences if we don't keep them under control. For instance, remorse and regret. One of these powerful emotions that can lead to bad consequences is desire, like when you want someone you can't have. The other emotion is fear, which can keep you from doing things that would help you achieve your goals (for example, speaking in public). Desires and fears aren't easy to hide, but controlling them will set you on the right track to happiness.
Justice: working together and treating others fairly.
In Ancient Greece, slavery was legal and socially accepted, but stoic philosophers considered it to be a cruel, inhumane, and unjust practice. Seneca, for instance, a famous stoic
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