Spreading Stoic Philosophy in the Streets

“Be your own spectator; seek your own applause.” – Seneca

Yesterday, I attended a local event, Be Kind Wilkes-Barre, organized by Tim Maloney (a recent guest on my Stoic Philosophy Podcast who spoke about Islam and community service) with intentions to participate in random acts of kindness through sharing encouraging Stoic messages.

After arriving on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, I used sidewalk chalk to write messages from Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius following conversation with a newspaper reporter who later wrote about the event in an article titled ‘Group’s simple request: ‘Be Kind Wilkes-Barre.’

She wrote,

Vacula, who is a student of mental health counseling at Marywood, was just hoping to give back through kindness.

“Sometimes people don’t recognize the positive things that are going on in their lives and focus on the negatives, and discount all of the positive experiences … so this, actually going out and being part of the community, maybe that could be a big help … small measures of kindness,” he said.

I find it important to have an attitude which includes gratitude for the meaningful and positive happenings in our life. It may be easy to take certain things for granted, be downtrodden when expectations aren’t met, and even lose composure when some negative events transpire. Reflecting on Stoicism has improved my day-to-day contentment, my quality of life, and helps me better cope with adversity.

We can work to accept some of the parts of our lives we may not like and adjust the best we can. Listen to past podcast episodes I released on the topics of gratitude and acceptance for more information. My newest episode on the topic of contentment should also be of help.

Here are some more Stoic quotes, photos from the event:

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” – Seneca
“Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.” – Epictetus
“Dwell on the beauty of life.” – Marcus Aurelius
“What a precious privilege it is to be alive.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Where fear is, happiness is not.” – Seneca

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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.