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.

Upcoming events (3)

Identifying Mistakes (Seneca's "Letters from a Stoic")

This is the Friday night meeting of Orlando Stoics (in Altamonte Springs). We will discuss Seneca's classic book, "Letters from a Stoic", Letters 94-95 (Letter 94 is continued from last week, starting on line 51). Topics are how to guide one's self, identifying mistakes, and avoiding self-deception. 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), use the links below. "Letters from a Stoic" was published about the year 65 AD; it has a total of 124 letters from Seneca to his friend Lucilius. Included are many timeless Stoic ideas on how to improve your life, concepts of ethics and virtue, plus some insight into daily life in ancient Rome. 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. Free online text (translated by Richard Gummere) is here: Wikisource (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius) An introduction to "Letters from a Stoic" is on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistulae_Morales_ad_Lucilium) and Wikisource (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius/Introduction) If you'd like to order the book, Amazon offers new, used, and Kindle books. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1941129471) Venue - Panera Café, 696 E Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. We usually meet in the community room (in the back). Parking is free (parking spaces in front are marked "Panera"). If you are a newcomer, arrive a few minutes early for an introduction to Stoicism.

Orlando Stoics Field Trip: Walking Around Lake Baldwin

This is our monthly field trip for Orlando Stoics (Second Sundays). We will be walking around Lake Baldwin (at the city of Baldwin Park). It's 3 miles total and an estimated 1 hour. As true Stoics, we have avoided 'extreme' activities like skydiving and walking on hot coals, but now you can test your Stoic ability in a 'moderate' way... by waking up early on a Sunday morning and joining us on this hike. Our meeting spot is the Baldwin Park fountain at the lake. We will gather at the fountain at 6:45AM, and then we start the hike at 7AM. If you're late, walk around the lake "counter-clockwise" (go right, not left) and catch up to the group. The trail is 3 miles long. Bring a water bottle and (in case it's cold) a sweater. At the half-way mark, we rest for a bathroom break. Orlando Stoics usually has structured conversations with discussion points, but this meeting is un-structured. So, you can discuss whatever topics you like. In case of rain - bring an umbrella. We're Stoics, after all! We don't cancel events because of weather! Directions - from the intersection of Colonial Drive and Bennett Road - go north on Bennett for 1/2 mile - turn right on New Broad Street and go to the end (less than 1 mile) - you'll see the fountain in the middle of the traffic circle - park nearby on the street Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/nx3YkEjDMbA2 Parking - Free parking along all the nearby streets. Remember to observe parking signs and loading zones. This meetup is free.

Orlando Stoics Field Trip - Sunday Afternoon Movie

Winter Park Public Library

This is the monthly movie event for Orlando Stoics. We are partnering with local filmmaker/storyteller Banks Helfrich, who presents "Life Screenings" at the Winter Park Library. Every month, this event will showcase a series of short films that explore the humanities and lead to engaging conversation. Like the weekly meetups of Orlando Stoics, this event will include secular topics like philosophy, justice, love, friendship, community togetherness, and open dialogue. Politics and religion are avoided. The list of short films (to be shown) will not be available in advance. This event is free, and parking is free. However, please arrive a few minutes early, because the parking lot on Sundays is busy. To RSVP, you can click the button on this site, but also reserve your seat at the following web site: https://www.wppl.org/life-screenings-19 Venue - Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. This is just a couple blocks from Rollins College. Directions - from I-4 and Fairbanks Avenue, go east 2.2 miles, - you will pass Rollins College on your right, - in 2 blocks more, you will see the library on your left, - turn left at Chase Avenue, go 1 block, - turn left on New England, go to first entrance on left (the parking lot).

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