I recently spoke with Steve Karafit of the Sunday Stoic Podcast. We chatted about Poker, Counseling, and practical applications of Stoic Philosophy. Listen here.
Kai Whiting joins me to chat about what it means to be rational drawing upon information presented in his paper ‘Were Neanderthals Rational: A Stoic Approach.’ We discuss similarities between humans and other beings and what obligations we may have to them.
I respond to the charge of cultural appropriation leveled at teenager Keziah Daum who wore a traditional Chinese dress to her high school prom. I focus on Stoic themes of cosmopolitanism, humility, and valuing wisdom no matter where it originated to argue, in this case, that the controversy is much ado about nothing.
I identify and explain five Stoic mantas you can use in times of adversity to help you better navigate life and put Stoicism into action: all is well with the commander; adapt to the present; be your own spectator, seek your own applause; let us see who wins; and conquer with a smile.