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Simplicity of Living (from "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius)
This is the Monday night meeting for Orlando Stoics (in South Orlando). We are now reading the classic "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius. It's the personal diary of Rome's "Good" Emperor, written down while he was traveling from[masked] AD. It consists of 12 books (5-10 pages each), and is considered by some as the greatest volume on Stoic philosophy. In general, Stoicism teaches us how to handle difficult people and events, how to avoid anger and worry, and overall to use moderation in all aspects of our lives. We'll start with Meditations / Book 1. I'll prepare an outline of discussion points so you don't have to pre-read the book. If you'd like to read ahead (optional), see the links below. Free online text of Meditations (translated by George Long): The printed book is about $10 on Amazon: (includes Introduction, Notes, & Index, translated by Martin Hammond) The meeting venue is Panera Café, 296 E Michigan Street, Orlando, FL 32806 (the intersection of Michigan Street and Center Avenue). It's hard to see from the street. So, if it's your first time, enter at Boston Market and drive back to the plaza (then you'll see Panera). We are usually seated at the large table in the front section of the venue. Parking is free (plenty of parking spaces in the parking lot). If you are a newcomer, arrive a few minutes early for an introduction to Stoicism.

Panera Bread

296 East Michigan Street · Orlando

What we're about

In our world of instant gratification, constant stimulation, and endless distractions, Stoicism offers a novel perspective on life. Interested in developing an unconquerable mind? Stoicism has the answers.

Defining 'Stoicism': it's an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded in 301 BCE in Athens. The first teacher was Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue (the highest good) is based on knowledge, and that wise people live in harmony with nature. The school also taught tolerance and self-control.

The goals of our group:

1. Read the canon (the classic books) of Stoic philosophy.
2. Discuss Stoicism in the media, pop culture, and literature.
3. Compare recurring themes in Stoicism to history, religion, philosophy, and culture.

There have always been people attracted to Stoicism. It was a major influence on Shakespeare, for example, and in more recent times on people including JD Salinger, Tom Wolfe, and Nelson Mandela.

It’s also attracted political and military leaders, such as Frederick the Great, President Bill Clinton, and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who said he read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations over 100 times.

We hope you will join us. Stoicism helps cope with life's stresses and retain your ethics & principles. We also learn to simplify our lives by using concepts from Buddhism and Minimalism.

We have two meetups (Monday nights and Friday nights) in the Orlando area, and both are free. We hope to see you soon.

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