The Value of Stoicism in Today’s World

In today’s hedonistic society, it would almost seem that the entire world is turning upside down. Humanity has reached a point where no one can trust one another. Concepts like racism, sexism, homophobia, and materialism are openly embraced in our supposedly connected society. If one were to base anything off of what the mainstream media tells us, it is the fact that our society is becoming more chaotic, dangerous, and senseless. Knowing that this is the current state of affairs, one must understand that in the grand scheme of things, society will not change anytime soon. It will require a massive chain of negative circumstances before people shape up and start to look out for one another instead of fighting over material possessions.

One must come to then realize that he or she has no control over the wills of the general society. As humanity descends into a degenerate state where they will abide by the axiom of “I will do whatever I can get away with”, it is one’s responsibility to understand that the two things anyone can control is their thoughts and actions. A person can give all the advice they want and warn the rest of the world of the disastrous results of their actions, but it will fall on deaf ears if the listener is simply not interested in the message. Proof is not enough for the average person. In some cases, no matter how many times they fail, the individual may decide to continue the path that has led them to the consistency of failure..This person’s mind is made up. The best thing anyone can do at this point is to accept the reality of the situation. If this is the thought process in which you engage, there is a school of philosophy just for you. Welcome to Stoicism.

The school of Stoic thought was established in Athens, Greece. The website known as The Daily Stoic has this to say about the core of Stoic Thought:

“Stoicism has just a few central teachings. It sets out to remind us of how unpredictable the world can be. How brief our moment of life is. How to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And finally, that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on our reflexive senses rather than logic.”

With this line of thinking, one must imagine that it would be hard to find someone with a stoic mindset in a world full of trigger warnings, microagressions, and safe spaces where everyone is offended at everything. When it seems like everything is all about how people feel instead of what is right, one must learn to live in a reality where control of one’s emotions may actually be the only thing that saves your sanity. Utilizing Stoic pricinples requires one thing humanity refuses to utilize in our modern climate. It requires self control.

Self control is an understanding of the responsibility one has over their thoughts and actions. If more people genuinely cared about reality and trying to understand it rather than escape it, they would find a sense of purpose in their lives instead of trying to tell everyone else what they can and can’t say. It is often revealed that those who wish to censor the opinions of those they disagree with are the least responsible of humans. They cannot handle an existence where they do not and cannot have it all. The Stoic mindset is one in which the understanding of not getting everything you want can be beneficial. It can ease the burden of trying to keep up with the Joneses. An endurance to stress and painful situations would actually benefit this world of hurt feelings and paper thin egos. The Stoic mindset would ultimately gain strength in understanding their failures and accepting what they cannot control. This can lead to the possibility of making oneself stronger and better as an individual living in a world where society lives in the “feelings over facts” generation of adults.

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