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What Does Your If-then-else Look Like?

In the world of computer science, “If–then–else” is a conditional statement in a programming language that performs different actions depending on whether a boolean condition evaluates to true or false.  In pseudo-code form, an If–then–else statement looks like this: If (boolean condition) Then    (consequent)Else    (alternative)End If In the non-computer world, when we set out to achieve something,…

The Stoicism Of Mac Miller

It’s Friday and you’re out browsing the local stores. You see something you want to buy but don’t have the money for right now. A yellow pair of sneakers. They’re unique, perfect, you. They’ve been on the market for a while but you just became aware of them. You resolve to save for them and…

The Stoicism Of Wolves

Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived with a wolf pack for six years. The wolves were so comfortable with them that they were almost part of the pack. Jim would howl and the wolves would answer. Jamie was permitted by the alpha female to inspect her newborn pups. A wolf pack is a hierarchy. The alphas…

Learn, Plan, And Live Like A Stoic

Bubbles burst and get blown again. Grass gets mowed and grows again. What’s short-lived often lives again. What’s done is done but invariably gets done again. Each keystroke I’m making right now is repeatedly lost forever and replaced by the next until words appear. The words may endure briefly but will soon be forgotten as…

Life Is A Mere Moment – Do As A Stoic Would And Live Immediately

In Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, the main character, Binx Bolling, periodically muses on the concept of a repetition. He first explains it as follows (if you’re like me, reading the explanation will need several repetitions before it sinks in!): “What is a repetition? A repetition is the re-enactment of past experience toward the end of…

A Very Brief Timeline Of The Origins Of Stoicism

Check out the infographic or text below for a very brief timeline of the origins of Stoicism, the philosophy founded over two thousand years ago by Zeno of Citium! Around 301 BC The first Stoics The founder of Stoicism, Zeno of Citium, begins teaching in the colonnade in the Agora of Athens known as the Stoa Poikile. Taking their name…

The Best Stoic Tattoos

In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius wrote, "The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts." In other words, what you frequently think about affects who you are and it's within your power to think mostly of things in line with your principles. If that seems too abstract, thanks to the centuries-old practice of tattooing,…

Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge – Week 3 of 3

This post covers the third and final week of the Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge. Click below for the first two weeks! Week 1Week 2 Day 15: Cut Out One Recurring Expense Of all the things that are, some are good, others bad, and yet others indifferent. The good are virtues and all…

Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge – Week 2 of 3

This post covers week 2 of the Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge. Click here for week 1! Day 8: Open Your Mind: Read Something by Someone You Disagree With “It is likely that you will ask me why I quote so many of Epicurus's noble words instead of words taken from our own…

Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge – Week 1 of 3

In July I took the Daily Stoic Freedom Challenge and documented my progress here. It was an interesting experience, a challenge in discipline which I found worthwhile and rewarding. So when Daily Stoic announced their New Year New You challenge I was happy to sign up and use it as a kick-start for 2020. I…

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