• Review of video "John Rawls" (Part 2)

    Panera Bread

    This is the Friday night meeting for Orlando Stoics (located in Altamonte Springs). We'll continue our discussion from last week about "John Rawls" and his thought-experiment (the "veil of ignorance"). We will also have some new material on the social contract and some criticism of John Rawls. If you didn't watch the video from last week, please do so (it's just 7 minutes). Special assignment: think of examples of improving society (using the 'veil of ignorance'). An example: since people look at their phones too much, what should the rules be? (1) At the dinner table with family? (2) Walking around town? (3) Driving a car? Ok, the last one there is obvious, but you get the point. Post your ideas in the comments below, or just bring them to the Monday meeting! :) Video - https://youtu.be/5-JQ17X6VNg Length - 7 minutes As usual, I'll prepare an outline of discussion points, so you don't have to watch the video in advance. Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). If we differ in our opinions, then "we agree to disagree". The long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. 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. Venue - Panera Bread at the corner of 436 and Maitland Avenue. 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. The host usually arrives 30 minutes in advance.

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  • Review of "The Enchiridion" by Epictetus (Part 6)

    This is the Monday night meeting for Orlando Stoics (located in South Orlando). This week we continue reading from the book "The Enchiridion" by Epictetus (paragraphs 33-40). This part of the book deals with meeting other people and public appearances. Epictetus [masked] AD) was considered by some to be the greatest Stoic philosopher. He wanted people to be happy and avoid difficulties in life. As a child, he was a slave and weak, yet he educated himself and rose to influence Marcus Aurelius, the emperor. His wisdom lives on in a book called "The Enchiridion" (which means "the Handbook"). This book was compiled by his student Arrian in the year 135 AD. It includes many practical tips to avoid stress and anger in life, how to solve obstacles, and to create a flourishing and happy life. Free book online - http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/epicench.html (Read the paragraphs mentioned above) Overview of book - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enchiridion_of_Epictetus As usual, I'll prepare an outline of discussion points, so you don't have to read the book in advance. Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). If we differ in our opinions, then "we agree to disagree". The long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. 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. The meeting venue is Panera Bread, 3136 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806 (just south of the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Pineloch Avenue). 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. The host usually arrives 30 minutes in advance.

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  • A Walking Meditation - Lake Baldwin

    Baldwin Park

    This is our monthly field trip for Orlando Stoics (Second Sundays). Our walking meditation is around Lake Baldwin (at the city of Baldwin Park). It's 2.5 miles total and an estimated 1 hour. Note: since this event is Sunday evening at 6PM, the temperatures will be lower outside. It's usually a great time of day to walk. Some of our friends may join from a local Buddhist or Mindfulness group, so this will be fun. Stoicism shares many concepts with Buddhism and Mindfulness. Our meeting spot is the Baldwin Park fountain at the lake. We will gather at the fountain at 6:00PM, and then we start the hike at 6:05PM. If you're late, walk around the lake "counter-clockwise" (go right, not left) and catch up to the group. The trail is 2.5 miles long. Bring a water bottle. At the half-way mark, we rest for a bathroom break. Orlando Stoics usually has meetings that are structured conversations with an outline, but this meeting is un-structured. So, you can discuss whatever topics you like, or you can walk silently. 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.

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  • Review of video "John Rawls" by School of Life

    Panera Bread

    This is the Friday night meeting for Orlando Stoics (located in Altamonte Springs). We'll discuss the video called "John Rawls" by School of Life, which discusses the ideas of contemporary philosopher and political theorist John Rawls [masked]). This will be a great conversation to follow the outline on Immanuel Kant last week. Rawls was influenced by Kant and developed several major new ideas: a thought experiment called "the original position" and the "Veil of Ignorance". Also, he also uncovered flaws in American society - how different groups of people deal with difficulty in life (this is what we're relate to Stoicism). Rawls was later awarded the National Humanities Medal in 1999. Video - https://youtu.be/5-JQ17X6VNg Length - 7 minutes Extra credit - read about "original position" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rawls#A_Theory_of_Justice As usual, I'll prepare an outline of discussion points, so you don't have to watch the video in advance. Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). If we differ in our opinions, then "we agree to disagree". The long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. 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. Venue - Panera Bread at the corner of 436 and Maitland Avenue. 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. The host usually arrives 30 minutes in advance.

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  • Review of "The Enchiridion" by Epictetus (Part 5)

    This is the Monday night meeting for Orlando Stoics (located in South Orlando). This week we continue reading from the book "The Enchiridion" by Epictetus (paragraphs 27-33). This part of the book deals with equanimity and how easily we can lose control (be manipulated by people or influenced by conditions). Epictetus [masked] AD) was considered by some to be the greatest Stoic philosopher. He wanted people to be happy and avoid difficulties in life. As a child, he was a slave and weak, yet he educated himself and rose to influence Marcus Aurelius, the emperor. His wisdom lives on in a book called "The Enchiridion" (which means "the Handbook"). This book was compiled by his student Arrian in the year 135 AD. It includes many practical tips to avoid stress and anger in life, how to solve obstacles, and to create a flourishing and happy life. Free book online - http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/epicench.html (Read the paragraphs mentioned above) Overview of book - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enchiridion_of_Epictetus As usual, I'll prepare an outline of discussion points, so you don't have to read the book in advance. Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). If we differ in our opinions, then "we agree to disagree". The long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. 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. The meeting venue is Panera Bread, 3136 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806 (just south of the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Pineloch Avenue). 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. The host usually arrives 30 minutes in advance.

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  • Review of video "Immanuel Kant" by School of Life

    This is the Friday night meeting for Orlando Stoics (located in Altamonte Springs). We'll discuss the video called "Immanuel Kant" by School of Life, which discusses the major ideas of Kant [masked]): what is our duty to others, how do we control our desires, how to strive for ethics, and finally, what is the source of virtue in the world? Is it religion or secular? Kant favored the latter. For the die-hard Stoics in the group, Kant had many Stoic ideas, so you will enjoy this meeting. Video - https://youtu.be/nsgAsw4XGvU Length - 8 minutes As usual, I'll prepare an outline of discussion points, so you don't have to watch the video in advance. Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). If we differ in our opinions, then "we agree to disagree". The long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. 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. Venue - Panera Bread at the corner of 436 and Maitland Avenue. 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. The host usually arrives 30 minutes in advance.

  • Review of "The Enchiridion" by Epictetus (Part 4)

    This is the Monday night meeting for Orlando Stoics (located in South Orlando). This week we continue reading from the book "The Enchiridion" by Epictetus (paragraphs 16-26). This part of the book deals with fear and courage. Epictetus [masked] AD) was considered by some to be the greatest Stoic philosopher. He wanted people to be happy and avoid difficulties in life. As a child, he was a slave and weak, yet he educated himself and rose to influence Marcus Aurelius, the emperor. His wisdom lives on in a book called "The Enchiridion" (which means "the Handbook"). This book was compiled by his student Arrian in the year 135 AD. It includes many practical tips to avoid stress and anger in life, how to solve obstacles, and to create a flourishing and happy life. Free book online - http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/epicench.html (Read the paragraphs mentioned above) Overview of book - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enchiridion_of_Epictetus As usual, I'll prepare an outline of discussion points, so you don't have to read the book in advance. Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). If we differ in our opinions, then "we agree to disagree". The long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. 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. The meeting venue is Panera Bread, 3136 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806 (just south of the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Pineloch Avenue). 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. Some of our regulars arrive 30 minutes early for social time.

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  • Review of video "Schopenhauer made me a pessimist"

    This is the Friday night meeting for Orlando Stoics (located in Altamonte Springs). We'll discuss the video called "Schopenhauer made me a pessimist", which includes the powerful ideas of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer [masked]). He was part of the German school of philosophy (living between Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Nietzsche, as shown in the picture above). This video includes ideas like: our perceptions of life can be wrong, plus the ego leads to difficulty in life. These are both concepts from Stoicism, so our discussion will help strengthen our Stoic practice. Video - https://youtu.be/R7xu4D7lJyU Length - 12 minutes If you'd like to read more on Schopenhauer, see the following Wikipedia article. The section 2.9.2 on Buddhism is very good. Article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer As usual, I'll prepare an outline of discussion points, so you don't have to watch the video in advance. Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). If we differ in our opinions, then "we agree to disagree". The long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. 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. Venue - Panera Bread at the corner of 436 and Maitland Avenue. 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. The host usually arrives 30 minutes in advance.

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  • Review of "The Enchiridion" by Epictetus (Part 3)

    This is the Monday night meeting for Orlando Stoics (located in South Orlando). This week we continue reading from the book "The Enchiridion" by Epictetus (paragraphs 9-17). This part of the book deals with sickness, accidents, other externals, and desires. Epictetus [masked] AD) was considered by some to be the greatest Stoic philosopher. He wanted people to be happy and avoid difficulties in life. As a child, he was a slave and weak, yet he educated himself and rose to influence Marcus Aurelius, the emperor. His wisdom lives on in a book called "The Enchiridion" (which means "the Handbook"). This book was compiled by his student Arrian in the year 135 AD. It includes many practical tips to avoid stress and anger in life, how to solve obstacles, and to create a flourishing and happy life. Free book online - http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/epicench.html (Read the paragraphs mentioned above) Overview of book - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enchiridion_of_Epictetus As usual, I'll prepare an outline of discussion points, so you don't have to read the book in advance. Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). If we differ in our opinions, then "we agree to disagree". The long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. 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. The meeting venue is Panera Bread, 3136 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806 (just south of the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Pineloch Avenue). 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. The host usually arrives 30 minutes in advance.

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  • A Walking Meditation - The Seminole Trail

    2180 W State Rd 434

    This is our walking meditation on "Fourth Sundays". It's free. We will walk along the Seminole Wekiva Trail (little sun, mostly shade). It's 2 miles total, and an estimated 1 hour. The format is flexible: you can talk with others on the trail, or be silent. Henry David Thoreau [masked]), a naturalist and philosopher who was influenced by the Stoics, believed that going into wilderness was a chance to admire the great beauty of this world, and a chance to discover your true self. In our busy lives today, Thoreau's message helps us rediscover the beauty of nature and a simpler way of life. Note: since this event is Sunday evening at 6PM, the temperatures will be lower outside. It's usually a great time of day to walk. Parking: our meeting spot is the Sanlando Center Office Park (2180 State Road 434, Longwood, FL 32779). Enter the parking lot, and drive past the building, all the way to the back of the lot. We enter the trail at the back of the parking lot. Some of our friends from other groups might join us (Emerson & Thoreau Discussion Group and the Secular Buddhists), so this will be fun. You can invite your friends also. We will gather at the back of the parking lot at 6:00PM, and then we start the hike at 6:05PM. If you're late, walk the trail to the right and catch up to the group. The trail is 2 miles long. Bring a water bottle. At the half-way mark, we will rest. Directions are easy: - take I-4 to exit 94 (Longwood), go west, - pass one traffic light, and it's the next left, - drive to the back of the parking lot. Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/RM9F6U3am1peiyPy5 This meetup is free, and parking is also free. This trail is part of Florida's "Rails to Trails". You can read more here: https://www.traillink.com/stateactivity/fl-bike-trails/

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