Practical Stoicism

Those approaching Stoicism for the first time, with the intention of adopting it as a life philosophy, can find it both impossibly dense and extreme in its expectations of its students. For this reason, it is important that there exist a practical interpretation of the high-minded values of this ancient philosophy. This podcast helps newcomers get acquainted and comfortable with the practical aspects of Stoicism.

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Carpé Momentum?

”Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 4.43 There’s something romantic about how Marcus has worded this one; I think it’s beautiful to imagine our lives as a series of moments rushing past. Here it...

Soul Participants

Hello and Welcome to Practical Cynicism. My name is Eric DeMott and today’s episode is Cannibalism Part Two! Don’t worry if you didn’t see the last episode, you can always go back. Turns out its an interesting topic, and in researching the point I wanted to make today, I went down a deep dark rabbit hole and took you all with me. I assure you up front that today’s episode will be less blood and...

(I Think) Epictetus Was Wrong About Books

A weekend rant about Epictetus to make up for our missed Friday episode. — Join the Discord Community : Get rid of ads : Join our journaling program : Ask Tanner a question : — Sponsor, Henson Shaving : Sponsor, Athletic Greens : Sponsor, Rocket Money : — The book I read these meditations from : Our podcast artwork was created by OriginalRandy : Learn more about your ad choices...

This One Is Political

I want to talk about change. In fact, today’s meditation is about change. It was supposed to be about change. And since I don’t feel like rereading my entire script, I will tell you what the meditation was, and then we’ll go from there. “It is no evil for things to undergo change. And it is no good for things to subsist in consequence of change.” Marcus Aurelius...

Not For The Sake Of The Husk

Thou art a little soul bearing about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 4.41 Finally! Epictetus gets a shoutout! Let’s see what old Epictetus used to say: So what we’re being reminds of is what we talked about on Tuesday, right? This is just a body, a worthless nothing, a shell for our consciousness, a container—it’s not the body that matters, it’s what we’re doing...

Justice with Lava For Good

Join me for a discussion related to Justice with Jason Flom and Maggie Freleng of the Lava For Good podcast network. Stoics who value Justice, must also value Justice issues. This conversation highlights a particular issue within the American Justice ecosystem: wrongful convictions. Listen to Bone Valley on iHeartRadio : Listen to Wrongful Conviction on iHeartRadio : Maggies Article : Marshall...