Thirteen new members joined us in April. Welcome to them!
I look forward to learning the ways of the Stoic. My love and thirst for truth shall guide me on the path.
I discovered Stoic philosophy about a year ago after seeing it referenced in an online article I read. The first Stoic work I read was Seneca's essay "On the Shortness of Life". In 2011, I have begun studying Stoicism in earnest.
I have been studying and practicing (to one extent or another) Stoic philosophy and thought experiments for over a decade, and have adapted the Stoic path to help embrace and gain some mastery over the mild Asperger's syndrome with which I grew up. I am thrilled to see such a great interest in the way of the "Good Life" and look forward to getting to know the members of this community.
I read Marcus' Meditations for the first time about 15 years ago. 10 years before that I'd read the books from the bible by Paul the Apostle, who was the only one there who seemed to make sense. I've sought the grounding offered through Zen in its' connection to nature, Thomas Merton and others. But I've reached a point where it seems apparent to me that all of my life experiences, intuition, and natural inclinations leave me here at the step of the Stoa; I wish to master the deepest truths about myself, and the world.
I discovered Stoic philosophy as a Philosophy/Religion undergraduate. It wasn't until recently however that I actively sought to apply that philosophy to my own life. I believe that a Stoic way of life has a lot to offer in our uncertain times.
I read an article in the NY Times about an army vet who went to Vietnam and how he was given Epictetus as a gift. Then I read The Encheiridion and The Discourses after that I read Meditations. I feel Epictetus is the greatest moral teacher I have ever read next to the Bab. I read and reread The Discourses and try to apply it to my life. Stoicism has taught me what I have control over and what is important in life on Earth.
I first discovered stoicism almost ten years after research Marcus Aurelius after reading the Meditations. But I've only come to examine stoicism more deeply in the past year, and I'm interested in furthering and deepening this philosophy that I fell logically drawn to.
The ability to judge and act rational, regardless of the circumstances.
Gaius Tullius Valerianus
I have been interested in Stoic philosophy ever since a professor explained it in most compelling terms to me in 1999. At first I rejected many of the basic premises of Stoicism, but over time I have come to see the truth of them. Stoicism to me is the living and growing art of living. I am a citizen of Nova Roma, and find that Stoic philosophy complements my identity as a modern Roman well.
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