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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 09:29:59 AM EST) Reading, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Stoic Serenity". Web.


What I'm Reading
Stoic Serenity: A Practical Course on Finding Inner Peace by Keith Seddon basically consists of the material for a course on stoicism. However, I didn't follow the course of the course, which involves essay writing and keeping a stoic journal: I just read it.

Seems like a pretty reasonable introduction to stoicism. He emphasizes some things that haven't been stressed by other things I've read, such as acting "with reservation": always bearing in mind the risks and possibility of failures in anything you do.

However, while it might work better as a course, as a book I much prefer A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B Irvine, which I mentioned here.

The introduction is available online.

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Politics. BNP should, should not be debated on BBC. Autistic blog New Republic disagrees that Gary McKinnon should get special treatment for alleged Asperger's (NSFW).

Random. Tactical bacon lasts 10 years.

Video. Bulldog on back.

Socioeconomics. How to make money on the workers you fire.

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As an avid dog hater by brokkr (4.00 / 2) #1 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 09:37:59 AM EST
Allow me to thank you for that clip. What a pathetic creature.
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Deyr fé, deyja frændr, deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn, at aldrei deyr: dómr um dau∂an hvern.

Well by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 09:44:00 AM EST
It's less repulsively helpless than a puppy-stage human.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Hardly a novelty by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 09:52:26 AM EST
From the introduction:
Philosophy as a guide to life simply isn’t taught any more...

But two thousand years ago, and more, for the ancient Greeks and the ancient Romans, this was not the case. Booksellers in the ancient markets would have sold philosophy books of a wholly different character to the books in a modern bookstore. The superficial differences are obvious: the ancient books were all handwritten on papyrus scrolls (the techniques required for papermaking and for printing would not be developed for over a thousand years) – and just look at the titles! Our ancient bookseller has on his stall editions of How to Live Amongst Men (Diogenes), Of Marriage, Of Freedom (Cleanthes), Proofs that Pleasure is Not the Good (Chrysippus), The Way to Wisdom, Of Wealth (Metrodorus), Of Love, Of Human Life, Of Just Dealing (Epicurus), On Anger, On Leisure, Moral Letters (Seneca). Then, as now, philosophers addressed questions concerning the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, aesthetics, logic, etc., but as we can see from the titles just mentioned philosophers were also interested in questions directly concerned with how the individual should live.


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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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You seem annoyed today by Herring (4.00 / 3) #6 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 10:14:54 AM EST
Maybe your chakras are out of alignment. Or your underpants are too tight. Something to do with bollocks anyway.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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If only there were some form of philosophy by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 4) #8 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 10:47:33 AM EST
That could help one endure such irritations with equanimity.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Forget philosophy by Herring (4.00 / 2) #10 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 11:08:44 AM EST
Drugs are easier.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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Ha - a YouTube link by Herring (4.00 / 2) #13 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 11:19:27 AM EST
Like that's going to work here.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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I think you got the wrong link by lm (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 12:06:00 PM EST
this is the link you're looking for

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Taoism! by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #11 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 11:11:48 AM EST
...oh wait...you probably meant something else.
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[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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I've been reading some Alain de Botton recently. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #17 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 12:49:21 PM EST
It's really great stuff.

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Knowing how obsessed Aspies by muchagecko (4.00 / 2) #18 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 01:45:29 PM EST
can get about their pet projects, I'm in the camp with those that don't think he should be treated as a regular criminal.

I'm not surprised that the author of the article is an Aspie. A big part of Aspergers Syndrome is lacking empathy. Understanding other people is just about impossible for my son.


A purpose gives you a reason to wake up every morning.
So a purpose is like a box of powdered donut holes?
Exactly
My Name is Earl

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woah, seriously? by R343L (4.00 / 1) #20 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 03:42:39 PM EST
This is an acknowledged political party that explicitly and publicly restricts its membership on race? It's one thing for people to know that certain types "just won't be welcome" in a party but having it be explicit (and presumably written down or something) is crazy.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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I think the impulse control is weaker, by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #22 Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 08:10:10 PM EST
therefore they shouldn't be held to the same standard as the rest of us. They just can't help it. As far as shunning the BNP goes, suppressing unpopular opinion is poison to modern democracy. Let them shoot their mouths off and see if they rejoin civil society.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

just can't help it by codemonkey uk (4.00 / 1) #23 Tue Sep 08, 2009 at 10:26:48 AM EST
This is a slippery slope to diminished responsibility defenses all round.  If you did it, then you are responsible.  If you are not responsible then you should not be out in public/on the internet without supervision.

--- Thad ---
Almost as Smart As you.
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It's not a purely psychological disorder. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #24 Tue Sep 08, 2009 at 10:27:35 PM EST
If it was, we already have a (broken, admittedly) system in place to monitor them. Should we round up the diabetics and put 'em in camps for crashing into pedestrians? I don't have a solution, but something should be done with them.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Wow! by codemonkey uk (2.00 / 0) #25 Wed Sep 09, 2009 at 02:45:58 AM EST
Pretty big leap from "people have to be responsible for their own actions" to "concentration camps for diabetics".

--- Thad ---
Almost as Smart As you.
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