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Do We NEED Pain? Is Suffering Essential for Understanding?

‘Gain a child, lose a tooth’ After childbirth, obviously, and a few bad stints of food poisoning in Thailand… and Mexico… and northern Brazil, it was definitely the next most painful experience in my life. The old wives tale (which has subsequently been proved true – and part of my theory on why Aristotle thought

Stoicism: A Life In Accordance With Nature

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “That which exercises reason is more excellent than that which does not exercise reason; there is nothing more excellent than the universe, therefore the universe exercises reason.” ~ Zeno of Citium Stoicism departs rather dramatically from the previous schools of thought we’ve been covering. With an emphasis

Dale Carnegie and the Stoics: How to Handle Financial Worries

Written by Alex Barrientos, Senior Editor, Classical Wisdom In his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie recommends 11 rules to follow in order to lessen our financial worries. Most of the rules are purely financial: Rule No. 3: Learn how to spend wisely. Rule No. 4: Don’t increase your headaches with

Stoicism: What’s the Verdict? Helpful or Harmful?

Even philosophy is not safe from the whims and whirls of fashionable fads. You’d think something so grounded, so profound would stand on its own, subject only to its content and the quality of its ideas. Alas, that is not the case. Instead, different schools of thought take culture by storm when and where is

The False Promise of Stoicism

Written by Aaron Smith, Instructor and Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute [The Ayn Rand Institute has granted permission to Classical Wisdom Weekly to republish this article in its entirety, originally published in New Ideal, but does not necessarily endorse the images accompanying it or other content on this site.] Over the past decade, the ancient Greek

How Stoicism Cured My Depression

Written by Pete Lewis, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Long ago and far away, laws of physics sent an asteroid hurtling through space. It collided with a planet in its equally predetermined orbit. That is how the theory goes. Neither the asteroid nor the planet is at fault for wiping out the dinosaurs. It was a