Why We All Need a Philosophy for Life

We all need guidance in life.

We're not given a manual when we become adults, yet we're expected to know how to navigate life.

Does anyone wonder why we're in deep shit?

Sure, some may look at a religious text for help. Others are into self-improvement to get the most out of life. But very few people are happy. Their approach to life is not working for them.

How does life feel to you?

Being human, how's that going for you? Do you have any idea what the heck you're doing? Or where you're going in life? Do things work out for you, or do you complain a lot?

Don't feel ashamed, we all screw up.

But what if there's a way to make things better? Little by little, every day, improve our situation and our attitude toward others. And feel better as a result.

Is this possible?

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Welcome to a New Gathering Place, Practicing Stoics!

​For those who have been following me on Twitter for a while: it's good to finally converse with you in more than 280 characters. The launch of this blog has been long overdue, and if you give me about 15 minutes of your time I'll explain why.

This will be a long piece; part background story, part mission statement.

I'll start by introducing myself, and tell a bit about where I grew up, why I became interested in Stoicism, and how I struggled to understand the philosophy. I'll then move on to my analysis of the modern Stoic community on the internet, and propose a solution to the problem I see.

In this article, I'll assume you already know a thing or two about Stoicism. I don't expect you to be an expert on philosophy, nor do I expect you to be a practicing Stoic. Just knowing the basics is enough.

Ready? Let's start!

​In this article

  • Who am I, and how did I become a Stoic?
  • How I struggled to understand Stoic philosophy.
  • The problem with Stoicism in the internet age.
  • How to fix Stoic education.
  • The purpose of Practical Stoicism.
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