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Seneca. Thoughts about the Stoics.


 


   

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Foreword


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Signs of strength – confidence, justice, severity, purposefulness, detachment, calmness, fearlessness, stoicism, faith, knowledge and wisdom.

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The   essence   of   stoicism   is   in   impassionate   reacting   to   problems   and   not   in   being   enthusiastic   about   getting   into   a   mousetrap   for   cheese   and   carrot.

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Stoicism  doesn't  espouse  inactivity  or  nihilistic  humility,  but  it  espouses  emotionlessness  and  composure.  "Suffer  little  -  it  says.  "Fewer  emotions,  more  actions,  more  meaningful  movements.  Active  emotionlessness,  do  what  you  should  and  come  what  will".

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9.1274.   AR AR

The essence of stoicism is to reduce the amplitude of the swing of emotions. Less joy, less pain. The smaller one extreme, the smaller the opposite extreme.

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Active dispassion... I fell in love with this concept ... denial of passions ... Follow fate and rejoice in what is.

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7.7604. Scales Of Seneca.   AR AR

What used to cost more than later. So the lesser good before outweighs the greater evil later.

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7.3551. The brink of indifference.   AR AR

The Stoics divided things into preferably uncaring and indifferent to deny. It's brilliant-you say it and you're right.

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7.3547.   AR AR

The main idea of stoicism is indifference, indifference to temptations ...indifference to the inevitable ...indifference to passions.

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7.3544.   AR AR

Food Stoik prefer simple over complicated, accessible - inaccessible. Eating expensive food does not make a person stronger or better.

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7.3509. Truth is inevitable.   AR AR

The Stoics urged to accept all this, to where we are helpless otherwise, and you'll depression, sadness and suffering. Failure to accept the inevitable plunges a person into hell.

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"To be afraid sooner than necessary means to be afraid longer than necessary," Seneca said. The longer the fear, the more harmful it is to everything.

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6.2909.   AR AR

The four evils of the stoic: fear, immoderate joy, discontent, greed of energy (money, love, time, matter).

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5.4568.   AR AR

Anyone who does not retreat will reach the goal and we do not know those who could not. But those in whom there is no love will perish. Love is dream and hope, faith and perseverance, miracle and God.

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4.2751.   AR AR

The reason for failure is always the same, it is a refusal to confront. You can only lose if you surrender, otherwise even death won't stop you.

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3.3204.   AR AR

Regret does not mean repentance, pain should be overflowed and get used to it...  If you accept the pain, you will defeat it.

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3.1637.   AR AR

Anyone who draws strength from their adversity is worthy of victory.  The same, whom adversity only weaken worthy of all their defeats.

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Seneca said to talk less to others, talk more to yourself. But I have nothing to talk about with myself, so I'm talking to Seneca.

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6.372. From a conversation with Seneca.   AR AR

It is not because it is difficult that we dare not, but because we dare not. Have you ever seen anyone try and fail? Everyone who couldn't, didn't try.

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You ask me the cause of human suffering. Here are some of them: idleness, idleness, luxury, relaxation, serenity...

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1842. Is it true? Is it kindly? Is it necessary?   AR AR

They  say  that  in  olden  days  all  kind  people  asked  themselves  these  three  questions  before  saying  something.  And  if  they  had  even  any  slight  doubts,  they  preferred  not  to  say  it. 

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The beginning of the book


3277. A normal school. (The school of Stoics)   AR AR

Nothing  in  excess,  only  the  necessary. 

Sport.  Group  or  one-on-one  training.  Single  combats  or  competitive  games.  Track  and  field  sports. 
Constructive  labor  and  masterhood. 
Philosophy,  ethics  and  moral  codes  for  being  learned  by  heart. 
Foreign  languages  -  for  being  studied  every  day  for  a  long  time. 
Mathematics  and  physics  –  for  learning  the  essence  of  different  processes. 
Native  language  and  literature  for  writing  essays  and  studying  the  list  of  books  useful  for  reading. 
Various  classes  and  hobby  clubs. 
Some  special  classes  for  major  subjects.  Biology,  chemistry  etc.  Gender-segregated  education  that  considers  psychological  differences  of  boys  and  girls. 

All  knowledge  should  be  background  to  remain  forever.  It's  forbidden  to  study  anything  new  without  having  got  really  in-depth  knowledge  of  the  studied  matter  or  subject. 
It's  rational  to  reject  the  track  system  and  pay  attention  to  personal  classes  system.  Thus,  a  pupil  should  have  a  personal  tutor  who  is  supposed  to  know  everything  about  him  or  her  so  that  to  make  a  plan  of  how  to  teach  this  pupil.  Every  tutor  should  also  give  recommendations  and  manage  their  pupils'  time. 

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We know nothing in advance except death, but even death comes when we do not wait.

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6.780.   AR AR

We teach stoicism taking into account the evolution of modern knowledge adapted to the current reality. In modern times, the philosophy of stoicism has evolved into concepts such as sanity and pragmatism, and has become a fundamental part of all major religions from Christianity and Islam to Taoism and Confucianism.

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Christianity   absorbed   a   mass   of   legends   from   previous   religions,   primarily   from   Zoroastrianism.,   They   took   the   legend   of   the   flood   from   ancient   Shumers,   they   took   the   rest   from   the   cult   of   Mitra   (1st   century   B.C.   There`s   an   opinion   that   the   cult   was   invented   in   the   ancient   Rome   after   Zoroastrianism   and   Greek   cults   of   God   of   the   Sun   -   Helios.   The   cult   was   widespread   in   the   Roman   army).   The   Christian   philosophy   is   based   on   platonism   and   stoicism.

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Marcus Aurelius noticed that among animals one soul divided between people thinking one soul distributed. One from the devil, the other from God. Because first God created the devil, i.e. animals, and only then the mind, i.e. rights. And he ordered the animals, that is, the devil, to serve man, but the devil in his pride does not want.

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We should be proud not of what we have been given by fate, but of what we have acquired by ourselves, by the power of our spirit, not the spirit of our parents and friends.

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7.2132. Suffering joyfully.   AR AR

"What was bitter is sweet to tell," Seneca said. As if they were proud of themselves for having survived the pain. Suffering makes them heroes.

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A  smart  person  is  more  resistant  to  lie,  than  feeble-minded  and  stupid  ones.

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Do not hurry before the time and do not delay when the time comes.

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7.5955.   AR AR

If your work deserves perseverance, serve it.

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7.5959.   AR AR

Everybody  is  equally  unaware  of  life.  Life  Is  truth,  and  we  are  all  bad  at  knowledge  of  the  truth.

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First of all, we must learn to rejoice, because we all know how to suffer.

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7.5967.   AR AR

You  think  the  laughing  one  is  joyful?  No,  the  laughing  one  is  being  hypocritical  to  hide  his  pain. 

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7.5968. From Seneca.   AR AR

Pleasure  always  ends  by  suffering,  if  the  proportion  is  not  observed.  Pleasures  of  the  rabble  are  shallow,  empty  and  quick.  Only  the  inner  joy,  strict  and  coming  from  the  inside  of  itself  is  the  value. 

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The contempt for casual too, better catch a useful coincidence, as the fish and roast it, or spread your network and transform the randomness in a pattern.

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7.5972. Socrates ' last feat.   AR AR

He taught us not to fear prison and death.

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You  suffer,  only  waiting  for  tomorrow's  suffering.  You  enjoy  only  waiting  for  joy  tomorrow.  You're  dumb,  you  want  to  prolong  your  joy  and  suffering,  you  can't  get  enough  of  their  rapidity,  you  love  them  so  much  you  are  ready  to  enjoy  them  forever.

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There is nothing terrible in fear except fear itself.

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7.5975.   AR AR

Freedom is when you are free from the inside and free from the outside. To do this, you must be free yourself and be among the free. After all, you are those who surround you.

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Lust  leads  to  relaxation  of  mind  and  body,  preventing  from  concentration  and  accumulation  of  efforts  towards  one's  goals.

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