Re: A Stoic Calendar?
- I like Nigel's idea of a Stoic calendar. I once quipped with a
friend that the difference between a philosophy and a religion is
that with religion you get holidays. I like the idea of setting
aside times to periodically reflect on ideas and beliefs. I doubt if
you could get many people to agree on what days to commemorate, but I
personally like the concept. Nigel, I think I'm going to borrow some
of your feast days; at least to "mark the day with a white stone" as
the Romans would say.
Now if I can just convince my boss to give me Marcus Aurelius
Antonious' birthday off.....
--- In email@example.com, "Nigel Glassborow" <thestoa@b...>
> Following on from the idea of will power and self discipline, Iwould like to share the following idea.
>various philosophies is to create times when the follower of the
> Most cultures and such like have a calendar - the purpose for the
philosophy will be reminded to take time out and re-root themselves
in their philosophy. Where a person's life has been particularly
hectic it is good to have a time to refresh one's belief.
>of 'celebration' days.
> So looking at the Stoic philosophy I have set myself a calendar
>celebrate the cycles of life, which is one of the manifestation of
> The full moons - as feast days to celebrate life.
> The Sun's Equinoxes and Solstices - these have long been days to
>which I see as a day to honour the fathers of Stoicism.
> Olympus - this is the first full moon after the summer solstice,
>including the 1st January. This period goes back beyond the 12 days
> The Dodeka - the twelve days from the 21st December to and
of Christmas, to pre Christian times. So I see no problem in sharing
such a time, and setting it aside as a period of renewal and
affirmation - both of one's beliefs and one's friendships.
>excuse to eat out and save on washing up afterwards!
> If nothing else, the wife (also a Stoic) sees the full moons as an
- John Barnett wrote:
>Naw. There's a *lot* more difference than that.
> I like Nigel's idea of a Stoic calendar. I once quipped with a
> friend that the difference between a philosophy and a religion is
> that with religion you get holidays.
> I like the idea of settingThat could be useful.
> aside times to periodically reflect on ideas and beliefs.
> I doubt ifHow about a lunar-solar calendar?
> you could get many people to agree on what days to commemorate, but I
> personally like the concept. Nigel, I think I'm going to borrow some
> of your feast days; at least to "mark the day with a white stone" as
> the Romans would say.
Each new-moon's day is the first day of a month.
The new-year's day can be the first new-moon's day
that falls on-or-after a certain solar marker.