Living Virtuously

Ambition means tying your well-being to what other people say or do.
Self-indulgence means tying it to the things that happen to you.
Sanity means tying it to your own actions.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book VI, Line 51

good men

In a classical English translation:


He who loves fame considers another man’s activity to be his own good;
and he who loves pleasure, his own sensations; but he who has understanding,
considers his own acts to be his own good.

In the Ancient Greek:

Ὁ μὲν φιλόδοξος ἀλλοτρίαν ἐνέργειαν

ἴδιον ἀγαθὸν ὑπολαμβάνει, ὁ δὲ

φιλήδονος ἰδίαν πεῖσιν, ὁ δὲ νοῦν

ἔχων ἰδίαν πρᾶξιν.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book VI, Line 51


Don’t live for other’s opinions. Of course, respect your parents and elders, but do not fall into society’s backward thinking. We are all trained from birth how to behave selfishly and this is the problem in today’s world. TV, radio, social media is destroying our culture. STOP watching them. Society is no longer functioning and we need a new path to community, happiness, and dignity. We can achieve this by reading Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and other ancient authors like Seneca, and practicing Stoicism by participating in Stoic Week or Stoic Mindfulness & Resilience Training (SMRT).

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I always think about societies who are living in accordance with Nature outside our own and how different they are especially from Africa or on small islands. They are always respectful of their elders, kind, generous, healthy, and strong. Then Western culture enters their land and they are destroyed.

Who is really correct then?

Are we better?








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