Stoic Philosophy Handling Adversity Video Clips

I recently hosted a Stoic Philosophy discussion group on the topic of handling adversity with Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. Group organizer Bob Lennon captured some video from the event which I uploaded.

Stoic Philosophy was popularized by Ancient Greek and Roman thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca. For the Stoics, a main focus in life is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and having contentment through casting away anxiety and certain desires. Stoic writings also examine the topics of gratitude dealing with hardships, how to deal with difficult people, how to think about death, and many other topics.

Enjoy the short videos I embedded below and, as always, feel free to comment.

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Introduction and worry about the future:

Prepare for possible negative outcomes:

Remind yourself that what you love is mortal:

Remain focused on goals:


Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.