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.
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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: