Wednesday, November 27, 2019


There's an increased interest in the Schools of Stoicism. Interesting also is the extent to which Rand's version of Objectivism is using this new interest in Stoicism to promote their own incredibly depressing ideas, and as a rule with Rand's objectivists they basically spend more time attempting to monetize their almost Satanist template of thinking than they do actually thinking about their understanding with any degree of objectivity. Stoicism is about how a person manages his or her relationship with the world in conjunction with a declaration about Good and Bad. For Stoics Knowledge was the ultimate virtue, as opposed to something like self centeredness, or wealth, or health, or festive spirit. And with this virtue of Knowledge in mind, a Stoic was in a position to react wisely in his or her development of a relationship with nature, which 2500 years ago was thought of in terms of the order of things and was sometimes called Divine Reason.

Back then too, the Natural Order, or Divine Reason, were Fate, Providence, circumstance of birth and such. The sorts of things we people in our daily lives have less control over and get very stressed about. Invariably the more evangelistic in out midst see Stoicism as a more deterministic set of beliefs that result in a kind of fatalism. This criticism is in my view way off the mark, and I say this because a person's relationship with the world is an entirely personal relationship, and furthermore a person's relationship with the world is unique to each individual. In short, a Stoic is one who wisely adapts their will to the world, as opposed to endeavoring to adapt the world to their will, and they do this on the understanding that Knowledge in all its manifestation is the ultimate good. This, their argument goes, produces a balance in the passions that Stoics reckon results in a lasting happiness well worth pursuing. In all the categories and theories of Knowledge one theme remains constant. This theme is,  understandings based on Facts gleaned from experience and learning.

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