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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

Do We Need to Almost Die to Know How to Live?

It was exactly six years ago tomorrow that I almost died. It would have been an ancient death, just as it was the end of millions of women before me. My family was asked to fly in to say goodbye, a team of experts gathered around my bedside, anxiously waiting and unable to do much.

Meditations on the Rise of Stoicism

Written by Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Stoicism, as a philosophy of life, has become increasingly popular amongst the general public. With practical lessons on how to control our temper, how to have good friendships, prioritizing what’s important, facing death, avoiding the pitfalls of consumer culture, and how to live the good life, it

How Can We Train our Character?

“I can’t imagine how anyone can say: ‘I’m weak’, and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it, why not try to train your character?” – “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank Some books are well worth a reread… and this one is no exception. Many

How to Deal with Change: Advice from the Stoics

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom ‘’You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength’’ ~ Marcus Aurelius Are you finding yourself struggling with both expected and unexpected changes in your life? Change is common to the human experience, and no one understood this better

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