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The Stoics on Happiness

The Stoics on Happiness How to attain equanimity and peace of mind was an obsession of the ancient Stoic philosophers. The psychological techniques they championed for taming desire and achieving happiness are described in William Irvine's book "A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy."
Against the Grain - The Stoics on Happiness - February 2, 2009 at 12:00pm

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I can't believe no one has listened to this yet. It really is good. Do it now and report back.

haven't actually had a chance to listen to it yet, but i'm a huge fan of the stoics, epictetus in particular. i recently recieved as a gift an old leather bound book of his stuff, printed in the 1850's and was totally "in heaven" (if i'm allowed to say that here). sorry, norm, but for me the digital stuff just can't compete with the smell of old leather and worm shit. :)

re: leftbankers point below: when the stoics said "don't worry about it, everything is in the hands of the gods" i don't think they meant it literally. in fact, i don't think the ancient greeks took their religion literally at all. they seem, bottom line, much too smart for that. certainly the stoics do. i think they meant fate, or something like it- basically, stuff we have no control over. of course i could be wrong, but i've given it some thought, at least.

any liberal atheist who'se unfamiliar with the works of the stoics is firing on fewer than all cylinders, imho. so get out there and read, people! or listen to norm's thingy, or whatever...

That was very interesting. I can relate to a lot of the principles they discuss and it all sounds pretty good to me. I'm not sure that I'm ready to give up my compulsive consumption, but I'm sufficiently intrigued to look into it further.

I should mention though, I got confused at the start by the news and other stuff preceding the main feature, and nauseated toward the end by the repetitive sales pitch. That might be why not many people have listened.

It's kind og curious that Norm is touting the Stoics, the people who pretty much said everything was n god's hands and therefor we should learn to live with out lot. At least that was my take on them.

Out of curiosity, did you listen to the recording?

I haven't yet but only because the intro was way too long. This doesn't mean that I haven't read the Stoics or that this dusty old fart is some sort of the last word on them. Do you have a point?

great interview...and now i really want to read the book..

(leftb appears to need a review of the stoic philosophy...not even close)

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