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Life Is Living In Agreement With Nature

The biggest difficulty I have with stoicism is the idea that we are “supposed” or “designed” to live in one way or another. This suggests a cosmic intention or a cosmic purpose – but as far as we know, every intention, every intention and every conception is human. Projecting this onto the cosmos seems ridiculous, and one should not expect a reasonable modern man to believe. For these reasons, I cannot sign the idea that the universe itself has an integrated telos or a purpose or a providential character. “Living by nature” means nothing at all. The extistents had this right: existence precedes the essence. Nature “doesn`t care” about how we live. If we decide to accept stoic virtues, we should do so for our own reasons, not in relation to a large imaginary scheme of things that simply do not exist. edit: Wikipedia`s link for physics is added.

Stoic writing does not seem to give much explicit or direct testimony about the physics ideas they prefer (Edition 2: and I doubt that the situation of several separate definitions is really as clear), although some interpretations make writing stoic and opinions intuitive and reasonable, and others less so, depending on the context. Stoic writing seems to me to have much more meaning when the interpretation of the Wikipedia article is “pro-Socratic”, which I do not find so surprising when you see how Heraclitus and other pre-democracy have influenced the Stoics. The sophisticate/cynical opposition to laws and customs — “standards”) seems to have been taken halfway: Stoics seemed to think that Stoics were sometimes against nature, but not always. “For better or worse, life and nature are governed by laws that we cannot change. The sooner we accept it, the calmer we will be. “Every difficulty in life offers us the opportunity to turn inward and invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and must present our strengths. […] Dig deep. You have assets that you may not realize you have. Find the right one.

Use. This article was first published on Michel`s blog in April 2013 and is reproduced here with his kind permission. Open any stoic thinker and you will find the order to live according to nature. The stoic emperor Marcus Aurelius said it in meditations: “Philosophy asks only what your nature already requires.” The founder of stoicism, Zeno, enthusiastically defined nature as “the way things work,” and wisdom as acting in accordance with the laws of nature. Another Stoic, Seneca, put it this way: “Let us stand on the path that nature has traced to us and do not turn away from it. If we follow nature, everything is simple and unhindered; but if we fight nature, our lives are no different from those of men who rament against the current. In another case, Seneca defines “Living by nature” as the motto of the stoic school. The stoic goal of living in harmony with nature sounds good, but it is often amazing. What exactly did the Stoics say? Michel Daw, who blogs about Living the Stoic Life, addresses this issue. Personally, I take this as living in harmony with my nature. I listen to my feelings when I realize whether or not what I am doing corresponds to my own sense of virtue. If I feel like because of something I`ve done, I know I can`t make that mistake again. It helped me, but I understand that this is not the original intent of the words. Stoics saw life in harmony with nature as the ultimate goal and synonymous with a virtuous life.

As virtue leads to happiness, people who live in conflict with nature are not happy.