Roundup and New Poll: "What Next?"

Roundup of recent posts and new poll: “What next?”

Roundup of Recent Posts
Plus New Poll: What Next?

Well done students of Stoicism!  Make sure you complete the measures again, though.  We need your lovely data to make #Stoicweek work.  Today’s statistics:

  • We had over 8,000 hits on the Stoicism Today website during Stoic Week alone!
  • About 140 people reported they were participating in the study.
  • Over 1,100 people have now viewed the original Youtube Video of the workshop at Exeter University organised by Prof. Gill.
  • We have also acquired over 160 new Twitter (@Stoicweek) followers during the week.
  • Over 120 people commented on The Guardian article by Patrick about Stoic Week.
  • Over a fourteen Youtube video diaries have been uploaded by Stoic Week participants.
  • Over 380 people have voted so far in the poll “Who is your favourite Stoic?“.

What next, though?  You can vote in the poll below (up to three choices) for any ancient philosophy you fancy doing as an alternative to #Stoicweek in the future.  Underneath is a roundup of recent posts in case you missed anything…

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Day 6 of Living the Stoic Life!

Day six of Stoic Week: What done amiss? What done? What duty left undone?

Six Days into the Study!

Chrysippus
Chrysippus

We’re reaching the end of the study.  Keep up the good Stoic work, though! Some facts and figures…  We set up a new Twitter account for @Stoicweek where we’ve been posting regular snippets and links.  From zero followers at the start of the week, it now has nearly 150.  You can also see a lot of chat using the Twitter hashtag #Stoicweek. The poll we set up “Who is your favourite Stoic?” has actually had the largest response with nearly 370 people having voted so far.How goes it, though?  What have you learned about yourself?  What problems have you encountered?  What faculties or virtues has nature provided you with to deal with its demands over the week?

What done amiss?  What done?  What duty left undone?

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Day 5 of Living the Stoic Life!

Post here any reflections on the Stoic life today! How is it, now five days in? 

‘Whenever, as the sun rises, you feel like you cannot be bothered to get up, have this thought ready to hand:

“I rise to do the work of a human being”

Why feel any resentment, when I am rising to do that for which I was born, for which I was brought into the world? Or was I made instead just to lie under these bedclothes, all warm and comfortable? “Well it is pleasurable to do so!” But were you born just for pleasure? Look at it this way: were you born for passivity or to be a man of action? Can you not see that even the shrubs, sparrows, ants, spiders and bees all do their bit, their part in making up the smooth functioning of the universe? So why don’t you do your bit too, and perform the role of a human being?’

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.1

Roundup of Recent Posts 2

Roundup of recent posts 2.

Roundup of Recent Posts 2

Remember to follow @Stoicweek on Twitter #Stoicweek for daily updates snippets.

And another two video diaries!

Day 4 of Living the Stoic Life!

Use this thread to post anything related to the Stoic life today. If you are blogging on the Stoic week or doing a Youtube diary, feel free to link to those from here.

And, if you have the time, do you have any reflections on the Stoic week as a whole to date?

‘There is one type of person who, whenever he has done a good deed to another, expects and calculates to have the favour repaid. There is a second type of person who does not calculate in such a way but who, nevertheless, deep within himself regards the other person as someone who owes him something and he remembers that he has done the other a good deed.

But there is a third type of person who, in some sense, does not even remember the good deed he has done but who, instead, is like a vine producing its grape, seeking nothing more than having brought forth its own fruit, just like a horse when it has run, a dog when it has followed its scent and a bee when it has made honey. This man, having done one good deed well, does not shout it about but simply turns his attention to the next good deed, just like the vine turns once again to produce its grape in the right season.’

                                                                                           Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.6


 

Day 3 of Living the Stoic Life

Use this thread to post anything (questions, observations, and reflections) related to living the Stoic life today!

If needed, here are a couple of questions to get you started:

  • If you have practised one of the exercises in the morning, did it have a helpful impact on the rest of your day?
  • Has any exercise been difficult? What could make it easier?

  • If you are new to Stoicism, have you found that this week has counteracted the stereotypes of it so far?

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Day 2 of Living the Stoic Life!

Please comment below and share your experiences on anything related to living the Stoic life on day 2!

  • Do you have any questions?
  • Are you encountering any obstacles?
  • Do you have any thoughts or observations to share with others?

‘Life, if you know how to use it, is long.’ Seneca, On the Shortness of Life.

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How are you getting on with @StoicWeek?

@Stoicweek #Stoicweek Do you have any questions? Are you encountering any obstacles? Do you have any thoughts or observations to share with others?

How are you getting on with @StoicWeek?

Chrysippus
Chrysippus

Please comment below and share your experiences with Stoic Week.

  • Do you have any questions?
  • Are you encountering any obstacles?
  • Do you have any thoughts or observations to share with others?

Good news!  We only set up the Twitter account a few days ago and already have nearly 100 followers @Stoicweek and #Stoicweek.  We’ve also had nearly 350 votes on our online poll “Who is your favourite Stoic?”  Cast your vote to see the results so far.

Some Videos from Participants

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Who then is free?  The wise man who is master of himself, who remains undaunted in the face of poverty, chains and death, who stubbornly defies his passions and despises positions of power, a man complete in himself, smooth and round, who prevents extraneous elements clinging to his polished surface, who is such that when Fortune attacks him she maims only herself.  Can you lay claim to a single one of these qualities?  – Horace