Re: [stoics] Re: A flashcard representation of Stolic practice
- This flashcard representation of the Three Disciplines associates the
three disciplines with Horney's three "coping strategies" and some
typical irrational needs, or vices.
Moving Toward People
The need for help, guidance, and reassurance
The Discipline of Judgment
Moving Against People
The need for recognition and approval
The Discipline of Desire
Moving Away from People
The need for solitude
The Discipline of Action
On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 11:48 AM, Dave Kelly <ptypes@...> wrote:
> In a number of his meditations Marcus Aurelius (Hadot, Inner Citadel,
> pp. 129-31) provides himself with an ontological foundation for the
> disciplines of desire and action.
> Don't imagine that anything is important except that you act as
> your_own_nature leads you and that you suffer as common_nature ordains
> (XII, 32, 3).
> At this moment I have what common _Nature wants me to have in this
> moment, and I'm doing what my_own_nature wants me do be doing at this
> moment (V, 25).
> No one is going to stop you from living according to the reason of
> your_own_nature, and nothing will happen to you contrary to the reason
> of common Nature (VI, 58).
> What evil can there be for you, if you _do_ that which, in this
> present moment, is appropriate to your_nature; and if you _accept that
> which, in this present moment, comes at the moment which is opportune
> for the Nature of the All (XI, 13, 4).
> Nothing will happen to me which is not in accordance with the Nature
> of the Whole, and it is possible for me to _do_ nothing which is
> contrary to my_god_and_my_daimon (V, 10, 6).
> Keep looking straight ahead, in order to see where nature is leading
> you; both the_nature of the_All, by means of the events which happen
> to you, and your_own_nature, by means of that which you must_do (VII,
> 55, 1).
> He who flees the reason of the human community is a fugitive. He who
> separates and distances himself from the Reason of common Nature, and
> complains about what happens to him, is an abscess upon the world ...
> He who splits off his own particular soul from the soul of other
> rational beings is like an amputated limb of the city, for the soul is
> one (IV, 29, 2).
> Best wishes,
> On Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM, Dave <ptypes@...> wrote:
>> Below is an exercise of Stoic `mindfulness' (_prosoche_, `awareness of
>> oneself', especially of one's judgments). by Donald Robertson.
>> The Discipline of Assent, or Judgment, can be said to be the method of the
>> other two disciplines.
> It's not events that trouble us, but our judgments about events.
> The universe is change; life is judgment.
It's not events that trouble us, but our judgments about events.
The universe is change; life is judgment.
Epictetus most often and predominently describes the good as a prohairesis in accordance with nature or as making proper use of impressions.
Goods are things in our power.
So, making proper use of impressions is in our power.
In our power are judgment, intention, desire and aversion, in a word, every that is our own doing.
Judgment, intention, desire and aversion are the capacities, or powers, we exercise to make proper use of impressions.
So, making proper use of impressions is in our power. Everything else is not in our power.
An awareness of this dichotomy is the attitude to have for making proper use of impressions.