... and reminding yourself that your duty is to be a good man, and what it is man's nature demands, do that without swerving, and speak the thing that appears to you most just, provided only that it is with kindness and modesty, and without hypocrisy
-Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
I stumbled across The Meditations of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius while reading Helmut Schmidt's book Ausser Dienst (Out of Service). In the summary about his political life and experiences the former German head of state mentions how The Meditations helped him dealing with his fears during the war.
Reading The Meditations of the Roman emperor I was surprised how much of his almost 2000 year old wisdom is still relevant today. Practicing some of it or at least attempting to do so had a postive impact on my life. It was significant enough for me to learn more about him and his life philosophy.
I then started reading other books about stoicism and stoicist philosophers and various online resources.
Still far away from being any sort of a good example of a stoicist, I experienced limits trying to apply a thousands of years old Greek/Roman life philosophy in today's Southern California. I came to the conclusion in order to make further progress I needed to meet like minded people or even modern stoics in person to exchange our experiences and learn from each other.
Therefore I started this group for people who try to practice stoicism in modern society, to share our experiences, learn from each other, meet like-minded folks and mutual support.
This group is open to men and women of any age.
Regarding the name "San Diego Stoics":
I have read that the ancient stoics would not have called themselves 'stoics'; not even philosophers.
However, for the purpose of people to be able to find us and to know what the group is about I'll keep the name.
In case you wonder what we are about here is a video of the Marcus Aurelius birthday gathering we had here in San Diego:
Marcus Aurelius Birthday Gathering
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