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 (2)

Mastering Mind & Confidence (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[masked]. (We hoped to discuss Letter 104 last time, but didn't have time, so it carried forward to this week.) Letters[masked] talk about the mind, how to master thoughts and emotions, and how to build confidence in self. 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. 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). Sometimes "we agree to disagree", but the long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions. "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: 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-21 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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