Re: [stoics] new member introduces himself
- Hi Pablo,
Welcome aboard. I have only been member for about 6 months and find the forum stimulating and at times very academically minded. The learned members impart great knowledge on stocism. Since I have delved into Stocism I find it a fascinating philosophy and hingry to learn more.
I suggest you read "Letters from a Stoic" by Seneca. I found it very relevant in dealing with life's issues in the 21st century. Also, one of the founders of the forum Keith Seddon has a wonderful book on Epictetus.
vivepablo <vivepablo@...> wrote:I'm a new member of this group. First of all, I have no formal
philosphical training, and my readings of the Stoics are basically
limited to Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. I'm 60 years old, and
I've found, much to my surprise, that as I've gotten older, I've
become more sensitive and perhaps Stoicism seemed like a way for me to
cope with a world that I find increasingly hostile. I'm keenly aware
of my own mortality, and the sense of the fragility of life that I find
in Marcus Aurelius also appeals to me. I use the name "vivepablo" (I
think that the Spanish is simple enough that we all can understand it)
to recall my son, Pablo, who died 5 years ago of a rare blood
disease at age 15. More than the details of Stoic philosophy, which
at times seem a bit scholastic to me, I'm interested in how I can use
Stoic techniques to face problems of daily life. It appears
strange, but what Marcus Aurelius says appears to me more relevant to
contemporary life than today's newspaper. Thank you for your
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