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Massimo Pigliucci on Stoic Practice & Celebrate Stoic Week
Join us to learn about Stoic practice. [Please pardon duplicate Meetups due to rescheduling; you may RSVP to either one. Looking forward to have you join us. — Shrikant] 1. Dr. Massimo Pigliucci, the author of “How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life” has graciously agreed to talk about Stoic practice, to celebrate the upcoming Stoic Week. 2. Talk about your own experience with Stoicism and hear about others’ experience. Everyone is invited to speak for 2-4 minutes on your experience with Stoicism if you would like. 3. Find out more about Stoic Week; Meet others who will be taking the free course. Stoic Week is an free online, self-guided one-week course introducing people to the practice of Stoicism in the modern world. The event is organized by Modern Stoicism (https://modernstoicism.com). It's great for people new to Stoicism, as well as people looking for guidance to actually put it into practice. The course starts on October 1. (https://modernstoicism.com/enroll-now-for-stoic-week-2018/) You can get a flavor of the event by checking out the Stoic Week Handbook from 2016 (http://modernstoicism.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Stoic-Week-2016-Handbook-Stoicism-Today.pdf). Find out more about Massimo’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Stoic-Ancient-Philosophy/dp/0465097952 You are welcome if you just to want to learn more about Stoicism. We will be joined by 20+ members of other conversation groups.

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How does one live a good life?

This simple question can be surprisingly difficult to answer. Yet not taking an honest try at answering it (or even worse: ignoring the question entirely) can lead to the risk of misliving one's life. One of the main goals of ancient philosophy in the West was to help guide people in answering this question rigorously and well, and then helping people to live in accordance with their life's philosophy (literally "the love of wisdom").

One of the most successful and influential schools of thought in the ancient world which addressed this question was Stoicism. Stoicism taught that by cultivating personal excellence ('arete' in Greek) was all that was needed to lead a good life and flourish as a human being ('eudaimonia' in ancient Greek). To do this, the ancient Stoics taught a host of practices and a sophisticated theory of mind to help the Stoic student on the path to eudaimonia. Stoic philosophy had a huge influence on the West, from helping shape early Christianity to being a strong influence on the modern psychological movement of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

But Stoic philosophy is not only useful for those in the ancient world. For instance, James Stockdale has cited Stoic philosophy as helping him cope with the horrors of being a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Also, the University of Exeter in the UK has conducting pilot studies starting in 2012 of the effect of Stoic practices on various measures psychological well-being with promising preliminary results. Stoicism can be of great use to people in our modern era.

The goal of this meetup is to introduce Stoic philosophy as a way of life to people interested in living a more meaningful, tranquil life and to support experienced students of Stoic philosophy in their practice. While many of the meetups will be focused around reading, this is not a group for disengaged study of ancient philosophy from an academic perspective. Instead, this is a group for helping people to put Stoic philosophy into practice in their daily lives, so they can live the best life they can.

Are you ready to attempt to live a more tranquil, meaningful, and happy life? Then join us today!

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