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Author: Massimo Pigliucci

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Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at patreon.com/FigsInWinter. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
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Do you find yourself in the thralls of fear, jealousy, or anger? Do you act inconsistently in life? Then you ain't wise yet.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
One of the major differences between Stoics and Aristotelians has always been the treatment of disruptive emotions, such as anger and fear. They are helpful, in small measure, for Aristotle, but definitely to avoid for the Stoics.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
The true value of things

The true value of things

2019-07-1700:03:08

We have become alternately merchants and merchandise, and we ask, not what a thing truly is, but what it costs.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
From the point of view of someone who has managed to overcome his attachment for externals, people going after riches and luxuries look like fools. Are you one of them?--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Seneca reminds us that in the time of Nero - just like today - famous, rich and powerful people are hiding much evil under a thin coating of titles.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Seneca, who knew a thing or two about wealth, warns us about pursuing it. A mind that revels in luxury, he says, is a mind that has lost its balance.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Seneca reminds us that striving to be a better person is an end in itself, not to be pursued in order to boast to others of our accomplishments.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Seneca reminds us that Alexander the Great conquered everything, except his own destructive emotions, which led to endless grief for him and his friends. Beware, therefore, of reacting in anger to your problems.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Who's got the time?

Who's got the time?

2019-07-0500:02:31

Doesn't it take time to practice Stoicism? We are all so busy! Here is Marcus Aurelius' response to that question. A response that applies also if you are a Christian, or a Buddhist, among other things.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
Epictetus argues that things are useless or useful not in themselves, but as a result of what we do with them. As usual in Stoicism, the answer comes from within, from our own attitudes toward things.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
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Comments (23)

Facundo Pegue

explain please ayn rand and stoics ,thanks

Feb 1st
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ID

fantastic antidote to the current news cycle.

Jan 18th
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Sonal Pandey

Awesome episodes, only wish the content were a bit longer than the ads.

Jan 9th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing. thank you maximo.

Dec 11th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing

Dec 6th
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Ben fox

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Dec 6th
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Ben fox

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Dec 6th
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Facundo Pegue

thNks to you. amazing

Dec 5th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing episode. thank you. and i'm reading meditations. the best way of reading and learning it's with your teachings podcasts. thank you

Nov 27th
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Facundo Pegue

amazing, thank you.

Nov 23rd
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Facundo Pegue

amazing, thank you.

Nov 20th
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Facundo Pegue

thank you

Nov 17th
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Facundo Pegue

thank you.

Nov 7th
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Facundo Pegue

thank you

Nov 7th
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moody

Love your podcast but would be awesome if you made something a bit longer

Oct 11th
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Pablo Ribeiro

Fantastic. It's incredible how it's easy for us to forget this kind of simple and important thing.

Oct 3rd
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Jussie

great advice. Thanks for the reminder.

Sep 26th
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Craig LaCasse

I love these podcasts. I had to laugh, though, after the first listening, when I heard "Recorded with Anchor." I missheard Anchor and thought the word used was anger.

Jun 9th
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Jussie

a fantastic way of getting huge chunks of advice/wisdom in short bursts. no need to get drowned in info that some audio books thrash out. just listen to 1 or 2 or 3 episodes a day, or none. it doesn't matter really, when you do listen again you'll have maximised 2 minutes of your life and widened your perception. Not sure about the recent addition of cheesy music though.

Apr 11th
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Rose Hearse

I like these short meditations but the sound balance between the content and the advert makes it difficult to listen to. I have to turn my volume up to hear the content, then skip or turn it down quickly before the ad comes on. I'd like to accept some suffering in life, but I can find stoic teaching podcasts with better sound quality so right now I prefer those other podcasts over this one.

Feb 10th
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Rose Hearse

Rose Hearse In 2019 the sound balance is much better now, great to listen to every day.

Jun 11th
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