It's a well-recorded phenomenon that words are liable to develop different meanings in common modern usage compared to those they had their origins and how people "in the know" would use them. This is doubly true for philosophical concepts - the word Epicurean, for example, has been transmuted from identifying the very sober and level teachings of the Greek philosopher Epicurus to being a synonym for wanton pleasure-seeking and hedonism.
Stoicism hasn't suffered as severe a distortion. The modern understanding of what it means to be stoical is never showing any form of outward emotion regardless of all circumstances, good or bad, and indeed not having any emotions whatsoever. The entire species of the Vulcans in the popular science fiction franchise Star Trek exemplifies the popular definition. But it's easy to recognize an absence of outward emotion as not necessarily being a good thing; it is possible, after all, for someone to have a calm and blank exterior and yet be screaming inside. Having no internal emotion at all is also a less-than-ideal situation, as well. Without emotion, how could one possibly enjoy life?
Being immune to the negatives and vicissitudes of life in this way is something we can all stand to benefit from. Our modern lives are so full of worries and insecurities, and peace and fulfillment are something most people try to find outside of themselves. Stoicism teaches that these are things we can only find from inside ourselves, and gives us the tools and mindset necessary to build them up.
What this audiobook will endeavor to do is to introduce the philosophy of Stoicism to the modern person and make a case for how it can drastically improve our outlook and quality of life.
©2015 Tom Miles (P)2015 HRD Publishing
I came to this book after having read STOICISM: The Ultimate Handbook to Philosophy, Wisdom, and Way of Life, which was, if nothing else, a cost-effective entry point into the school of thought. intrigued, I decided to take it further, and began to read Meditations, and sought out a practical book for modern Stoic application. In a word, this book is that, in that it is less an answer, and more of s next step in Stoic learning. I recommend it.
The author touches on Epictetus and Seneca, as well as Marcus Aurelius and others, but just gives such a fleeting overview that the value I got from listening was pretty shallow. The narrator also is overly careful in his reading and makes it slow to listen to.
Avid reader of spirituality-related titles.
This is not an in-depth program to develop one's philosophy or practice of stoicism, but I found it to be a very solid intro. I found the narrator's tone to be a little dull, but - then again - this is a book about stoicism, so...
This is excellent for a less than 1 hour introduction to Stoicism and where to find further readings of it.
In particular, I liked the introduction and explanations of the concepts of negative visualisation and voluntary discomfort.
Again, it's a very short introduction, so if you're familiar with Stoicism, this isn't for you.
But if you've only a cursory knowledge of Stoicism, or just heard of it listening to Tim Ferriss, this audio book will give you a good start.
Not much in here is new but it's very eloquent in its density of ideas. It's definitely a work I will be referring back to many times since it's so easy to consume yet so thought provoking.
probably the best summary of stoicism that I've read yet. why make it any longer than it needs to be?
If you never heard of Stoicism or read different books this book in less than hour provides a great synthesis of the ideas and how to apply it as well as the context of how it was developed and stood the test of time.
"surprisingly applicable to modern life."
I first heard about stoicism in the book antidote and wanted to find out more. this book doesn't really go into any great depth but gives a very simple overview of stoicism and how it can be applied to modern day life (which it turns out has resonated surprisingly well with me).
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