Category: Stoicism

Faith, Living, Stoicism

What do Stoics and Catholics Have in Common?

Lots, actually.  But one Stoic practice that’s central to Christianity seems pertinent on All Hallow’s Eve: memento mori. Remember your death.  Remember, you will die.  We all die.  All the tech billionaires spending their fortunes trying to live forever will die.  No matter how young and healthy you are, time is running through your hourglass. …

News, Stoicism

What Is Character?

Worry about your character, not your reputation. Reputation is what people think of you. Character is who you are. —John Wooden, legendary coach of basketball and character Everyone admits that President Trump cares more about his character than about his reputation. Only a man concerned with his character would tell the truth. Reputation is what people …

News, Stoicism

What Was Good About Charlottesville

Charlottesville used to be a place. Now, it’s a thing. On Friday, Charlottesville was a city in Virginia. Today, Charlottesville is an event. A thing. In our hyper-emotional world of 2017, we are told to explore our emotions. Then act upon those emotions. Like poorly trained animals. Like half-wits. Like narcissists and spoiled brats. Like …

2016 Election, Stoicism

Greitens breathes life into our first principles

I am Catholic. I believe in and trust the magisterium of the church. Nothing distinguishes me from Protestants more profoundly than that concept: the magisterium, or the teaching authority, of the church. For me, the church is like Locke and Jefferson and Madison. They were learned men who read Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Cato, Epictetus, …